Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Have a nice day

Today England is facing the largest council worker's strike since the 70s.

In addition the Mersey tunnels could be closed by strike action for five days next month, union officials said last night.

The warning came as the region was today waking up to a transport nightmare, with thousands of commuters facing chaos as the two tunnels and the Mersey Ferry service were shut down.

More than 30,000 Merseyside local sector workers are staging a 24-hour stoppage over a pensions dispute with the Government.

Officials at the local government union Unison threatened longer tunnel closures as they draw up a hit list of services for further industrial action.

Last night, business leaders launched a blistering attack on Merseytravel chief executive Neil Scales after he announced he was joining the industrial action.

More than 50,000 Liverpool children will get the day off school as caretakers and classroom assistants join picket lines forcing more than half the region's schools to shut their doors.

No doubt the teachers and students at Anfield where I used to teach will be very upset at the thought of missing a day in school.

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