MAJOR strikes will impact on a raft of services across Burton and South Derbyshire today.
Firefighters, teachers, school support staff and council workers will down tools in a row over pay and pensions.
The walkouts will see firefighters head behind the picket line from 10am to 7pm, with millions of other workers to strike for 24 hours.
GMB National Secretary Brian Strutton said: “Our members have spoken loud and clear and said they want to go on strike.”
Mike Brown, Unison regional organiser for Derbyshire, said: “Derbyshire schools staff and council workers have sent a clear message to the Government and council employers that this year’s local government pay offer of one per cent is the last straw.
“After all these years these hard-pressed staff deserve a decent pay rise. They do the best for us we should do the best by them.”
Only children in Years 10 and 12 at John Port School, in Etwall, will be required to attend after teaching unions announced industrial action over pay, pensions and working conditions.
But there is less disruption expected in Burton, with all the town’s secondary schools confirming they will remain open as normal, though Paulet School, in Violet Way, Stapenhill, informed some pupils to come in later than usual.
John Taylor High School, in Barton under Needwood, also said it was ‘not anticipating’ any disruption.
Only pupils in Year Seven and Year 10 will be asked to attend Newhall’s William Allitt School, while Pingle School, in Swadlincote, failed to confirm whether it would be affected.
South Derbyshire’s other secondary school, Granville Sports College, will be open as normal.
Outwoods Primary School, in Harehedge Lane, is the only primary school in Burton so far to confirm that it will be affected.
It will be closed to children in classes seven, eight and 14.
Hilton Primary School, in Peacroft Court, will be closed to all pupils for the duration of the strike.