Protests planned in Matlock

Uniosn strike in Matlock
Uniosn strike in Matlock

PROTESTERS are planning to join a picket line outside council premises in Matlock tomorrow as part of a national strike over pensions.

Proposed changes to the public sector pensions, as well as talk of job cuts and increased working hours, has to led to members of several unions calling for strike action.

The Government has said the changes are unavoidable because greater life expectancy and the national debt makes the current pension bill unsustainable.

But unions have hit out at the proposals, which would mean teachers and other public sector staff would be out of pocket.

Millions across Britain will join the picket line, including thousands from the Dales region.

Striking workers from Unison are due to are gather at County Hall on Smedley Street from about 6.30am tomorrow morning.

They say children’s services, suchas child protection and residential children’s homes will run as usual, that some libraries could be closed and Call Derbyshire will be open but with a skeleton staff, handling child and adult protection calls only.

Day care services are likely to be affected but those who receive home care services will be told if they are affected and plans in place to ensure care will continue at residential homes.

The record office in Matlock will be open.

Derbyshire Dales District Council has told residents that refuse collections will hopefully go ahead as planned.

Meanwhile, members of the National Association of Schoolmasters/ Union of Women Teachers (NASUWT) have also voted for strike action, meaning teachers across the county will be joining the picket line.

As a result, a number of schools have already announced they will not be open tomorrow.

They include Rowsley Primary, Matlock All Saints’ CE Infants, All Saints’ CE Voluntary Controlled Juniors, Anthony Gell, Castle View Primary, Grindleford Primary, St Joseph’s Catholic Primary in Matlock and Bradwell Juniors.

Bakewell Methodist Juniors will be open to year 5 pupils only.