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NI health and education workers to go on 24-hour strike

Workers are taking to the picket line to protest about cuts to front-line services.

04 October 2011

Health and education workers in Northern Ireland are due to go on strike at front-line cuts tomorrow (October 5th).

The employees - who are members of Unison - are taking to the picket line for 24 hours, starting at midnight, to highlight the unfairness of the planned budget slashes.

Thousands of individuals are expected to take part in the demonstration and union bargaining may be required in order to come to an agreement to prevent further protests.

Patricia McKeown, regional secretary of Unison - the biggest public sector union in the UK and Europe - told the BBC that workers are facing the "worst cuts in their history".

"They have not been well treated or well served by the government and that is contemptible. The bottom line is that ordinary people are paying," she added.

As a result of the strike, the majority of elective surgeries and outpatient clinic appointments planned have been cancelled.

Posted by David Gleck

Source: BBC News, UTV, October 4th
 

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