National strike hits Ribble Valley

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INDUSTRIAL action by public sector workers is impacting on many areas of the community.

Throughout the Ribble Valley, several schools closed toda as a result of the Day of Action strike.

These include Ribblesdale High School in Clitheroe and St Augustine’s RC High School at Billington as well as Pendle Primary School, Edisford Primary School and St Michael and St John’s RC Primary School in Clitheroe, Barrow Primary School, St Joseph’s RC Primary School, Hurst Green and Sabden Primary School.

The strike has been called because of proposed changes to pensions for public sector workers, and spending cuts. The Government argues that the cost of funding public sector pensions is “unsustainable” and wants most public sector workers to pay more into their pensions, work for longer and accept a pension based on a “career average” salary, rather than the current final salary arrangement which many of them are currently on.

However, the Unions say the proposals will leave their members paying more and working longer for less.

The TUC is co-ordinating the national day which will see members of unions representing a wide range of public sector workers taking part. They range from podiatrists and radiographers to cleaners and construction workers.