Norfolk

Hundreds support Norwich public sector strike

Hundreds of people have shown support for public sector workers at a demonstration in Norfolk.

Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union members have joined a number of teaching unions in a walkout over pay and pensions.

About 300 people gathered outside The Forum in Norwich.

Richard Edwards, PCS Eastern Regional Secretary, said the day would go down in history and that the turnout showed the strength of support they had.

Mr Edwards said: "What we've seen today is a dress reversal and will show the government what we are capable of doing.

"All strike action is unfortunate, but we want to make people aware of what we are going through.

"We have learnt that we are stronger in numbers and the turnout today has shown that."

Thousands of public sector workers have gone on strike for 24 hours and around 70 workplaces in Norfolk have been disrupted.

Children in Norfolk were not affected by the industrial action as they were given the day off to attend the Royal Norfolk Show.

Trainee teacher Susan Caine, who took part in the protest in Norwich, said: "I want to make sure my future is safe.

"This may not affect me now, but it definitely will affect me in the future."

The government said the cost of funding public sector pensions is "unsustainable".

It wants most public sector workers to pay more into their pensions, work for longer, and accept a pension based on a "career average" salary, rather than the current final salary arrangement.

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