Thousands will be hit by strikes

Staff from the University and College Union preparing banners.
Staff from the University and College Union preparing banners.
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THOUSANDS of Wearsiders will walk out on strike tomorrow in the biggest wave of national industrial action since 1926.

Schools will close, public buildings shut down, Metro trains stop and scores of services will be hit as union members voice their anger over proposed pension changes.

City leaders have vowed they are working hard to protect the most vulnerable, but admit widespread disruption is inevitable.

Northern TUC regional secretary Kevin Rowan said: “This is the largest protest by trade unions for a generation and is a clear demonstration of how strongly workers feel about the unfair and unnecessary changes to their pension schemes that the Government are attempting to impose.

“Regrettably, this Government is seeking to impose a tax on public sector workers with the sole aim of reducing the deficit, but resulting in hard-working people paying more, working longer and retiring on smaller pensions.”