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FROM THE BBC…………
More than one million public sector workers in England, including teachers and civil servants, are set to strike over pension changes.
About 90% of the 22,000 state schools in England are likely to be closed, the government said.
The Trades Union Congress (TUC) said public sector workers had seen a “triple assault” on their pensions.
The government said the cost of public service pensions had risen by a third in a decade so changes were needed.
The impact of the strikes will be felt across the country, with some flights expected to be delayed, health and care services affected and many public buildings closed.
About 30 unions are taking part in the TUC day of action.
Tania Bassett says she will be about £50 a month worse off under the Government’s proposed changes to the Local Government Pension Scheme.
She is part of the National Association of Probation Officers, whose balloted members voted overwhelmingly to join strike action.
“I will be paying about £571 per year more,”
“That’s about an extra £50 a month, and that will have a massive impact on me.