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24-hour public sector strike – UK’s biggest stoppage in a generation

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Tens of thousands of people joined rallies around the UK as a public sector strike over pensions disrupted schools, hospitals and other services.

About two-thirds of state schools shut, and thousands of hospital operations were postponed, as unions estimated up to two million people went on strike.

The TUC called it “the biggest strike in a generation”. The prime minister described it as “a damp squib”.

Go to BBC News to read the whole story about the United Kingdoms biggest public sector strike for the last couple decades. For the impatient, a couple fun facts:

  • Department for Education figures suggest 62% of England’s 21,476 state schools were closed, with another 14% partly shut
    In Scotland just 33 of the 2,700 state schools were open, according to local authority body Cosla. In Wales, more than 1,500 out of 1,776 schools shut. In Northern Ireland, about two-thirds of the 1,200 schools closed
  • On Wednesday evening, London Ambulance Service formally requested help from police to answer 999 calls, and has urged people only to call if life is at risk; South East Coast Ambulance Service has said it is only responding to “life-threatening emergencies”
  • NHS managers said a little under 7,000 of approximately 30,000 routine operations were cancelled or postponed across the UK as well as tens of thousands of appointments
  • In Northern Ireland, no bus or train services operated
  • The Local Government Association said about a third of England and Wales council staff were not in work, equating to about 670,000 out of 2.1 million. About 250,000 public sector workers went on strike in Scotland while 170,000 workers in Wales took action

Well, at least it stayed peaceful. For now.

Written by mo

December 1st, 2011 at 1:26 am

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Foreign Office: Prepare for riots in euro collapse

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According to The Telegraph British embassies in the eurozone have been told to draw up plans to help British expats through the collapse of the single currency, amid new fears for Italy and Spain.

Diplomats are preparing to help Britons abroad through a banking collapse and even riots arising from the debt crisis.

The Treasury confirmed earlier this month that contingency planning for a collapse is now under way.

A senior minister has now revealed the extent of the Government’s concern, saying that Britain is now planning on the basis that a euro collapse is now just a matter of time.

“It’s in our interests that they keep playing for time because that gives us more time to prepare,” the minister told the Daily Telegraph.

Yeah, that sure sounds like “fun”…

Written by mo

November 27th, 2011 at 10:54 pm

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