Town hit by national strike over pensions

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HUNDREDS of public sector workers in Scarborough are joining millions across the country today as they strike in a row over pensions.

The strike has been dubbed the largest in a generation, and is expected to be the biggest walkout since the 1926 General Strike.

A total of 23 Scarborough schools are closed today as teachers join the protests.

Health services will also be affected at Scarborough Hospital and other clinics around the town.

The drop-in radiology service at Scarborough Hospital will not be operating as a result of the action.

A spokesperson for Scarborough and North East Yorkshire Health Care said: “A number of our staff are expected to take part in industrial action.

“We recognise that staff have the right to voice their concerns in this way, however our top priority is to provide safe care for our patients and a safe working environment for staff.

“We have reviewed the impact that the strike action may have on the hospital, and contingency plans have been put in place to ensure that there are minimal effects to services at Scarborough and Bridlington Hospitals.

“The full impact of the strike action will not be clear until it is underway, so it is possible that we may have no choice but to cancel some appointments and procedures on the day.

“Picket lines will be in place but patients and visitors will not be prevented from entering the hospital.”

Members of the North Yorkshire Ambulance service say they too have made the “tough decision” to join the strikes. They will provide an essential patient transport service and a limited emergency 999 response.

Scarborough Council says it is not expecting any service cuts as a result of the action, while North Yorkshire County Council says that despite school closures, other services will be running but there may be a reduction in service provision.