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TEACHERS, firefighters and council workers are all preparing to take part in strikes planned for Wednesday over pensions.

Unions are currently finalising plans for the walk outs which could see schools closed, firefighters taking a stand and some council services disrupted.

As the Advertiser went to press unions could not confirm the exact amount of public sector workers taking part in the strikes but said it is likely the town would be affected by the action.

Andy Freeman is regional officer for Unison, the union representing Erewash Borough Council staff.

He said: “At this early stage we don’t have an exact number who we know will be involved, but what I can say is that meetings have been well attended and our members have been very vocal.

“People are very angry – they are paying more into their pensions and that’s where they expect the money to go, not straight to the Treasury to pay off the defecit.”

Erewash Borough Council said this week it will do all it can to minimise disruption.

The council hopes that the reception desks at both Ilkeston and Long Eaton Town Halls will be staffed and that leisure services should not be affected but added that guaranteees cannot be made.

Residents have been advised to put out their bins as normal but if there are any issues with refuse collection, plans are in place to ensure rubbish is picked up at a later date.

Three teaching unions, including the National Association of Headteachers, have signed up for action.

John Holmes, Derbyshire division secretary, told the Advertiser that he expected most of the schools in the county to be involved – with Heanor Gate Secondary School definitely planned for closure.

He said: “That is my expectation. That the majority of schools in Derbyshire will be closed or partly closed.”

On a national level it is predicted that more than two million workers will take part in the strikes on November 30, which is set to be the biggest day of industrial action since 1979.

See www.ilkestonadvertiser.co.uk for information on affected services.