West Norfolk Workers On Strike
8:09am 10th July 2014
(Updated 8:09am 10th July 2014)
Council services, job centres, courts and schools are all facing disruption by a strike today.
Hundreds of thousands of workers from seven unions are involved in a dispute about public workers' pay and pensions.
Firefighters, police support staff and transport workers are also walking out.
Sue Ryles is a Norfolk Teaching Assistant and a rep for the union Unison. She says the pay freeze has cut into her family's food budget:
"We now go round all the different shops looking for bargains. We used to spend around £80-90 a month where as now we spend maybe £30.
"I work in special education, where we face increasingly high expectations and more responsibility put on our shoulders. PLus we have the stress of the increase in the cost of living. The proposed pay increase of 1% is just a kick in the teeth really. It's just insulting to the job we do."
But the strike has sparked another pledge by David Cameron to change employment laws after it emerged the NUT strike ballot saw just 27% of members taking part.
Senior Conservatives and business leaders have been pressing for a new law, setting out a 50% threshold in ballots.
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