Strikes set to affect Derbyshire Dales

TEACHERS in the Dales are expected to join a nationwide protest this week over planned changes to their 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 the National Association of Schoolmasters/ Union of Women Teachers (NASUWT) and other public sector workers affected, to vote for strike action which is set to take place on Wednesday.

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.

Many schools are expected to be shut on Wednesday, and other public services could be affected, including council offices, courts, driving test centres, job centres, hospitals, leisure centres and libraries.

Meanwhile, Derbyshire Dales District Council has told residents that refuse collections will hopefully go ahead.

A spokesman said: “We continue to assess what the impact will be on Derbyshire Dales District Council’s services but we are confident bin collections and recycling will not be affected as this part of our work is contracted out to a private company.”

Further details of closures are also yet to be released by Derbyshire County Council, but a spokesman said: “The council is working hard to put contingency plans in place to care for the most vulnerable in the county.”

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