‘We will carry on our fight until the Government listens’

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Hundreds of council workers, teachers, firefighters and civil servants in Blackpool and across the Fylde coast went on strike – and then warned they will do it all over again if the Government does not listen.

Streets went uncleaned, schools and libraries closed, and families were forced to wait to arrange to lay loved ones to rest as members of unions including Unite, Unison, the PCS and NUT took part in the national industrial action.

Strong feelings: Blackpool Council workers picket line outside the new Talbot Gateway buildings
Strong feelings: Blackpool Council workers picket line outside the new Talbot Gateway buildings

They blamed four years of below-inflation pay rises, changes to pensions and cuts to jobs and services on the back of reduced Government funding for public services.

 

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