Thursday, June 30, 2011

Meanwhile in England

Mark Serwotka, general secretary of the Public and Commercial Services union said "hundreds and hundreds of thousands" were expected to take part in Thursday's strikes because the government was "failing to compromise" over pension reforms that he claimed were unfair and politically motivated.


Union leaders said early indications were that the 24-hour walkout by the National Union of Teachers (NUT), Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL), University and College Union and the PCS, which between them cover 750,000 public sector workers, was being strongly supported.

A third of schools are expected to close and two-thirds of universities have cancelled lectures. Benefits will go unpaid, court cases will be postponed, police leave has been cancelled in London and airports are bracing themselves for backlogs at immigration.


"More are turning up for work and we are maintaining a much better service than we expected to be able to," [Francis Maude, cabinet office minister,] told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme.

  UK Guardian

What a useful positive spin quote that is. It’s not as bad as we expected.

Speaking of England...our Imperial Mother must be very proud of us today, all grown up and crashing about the globe taking everything we can. We have probably exceeded her expectations.

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