Doncaster town centre rally on day of strike action

Public sector workers march to the Mansion Houes during their one day strike. Picture: Liz Mockler D1332LM
Public sector workers march to the Mansion Houes during their one day strike. Picture: Liz Mockler D1332LM

THOUSANDS of striking public sector workers have marched on Doncaster Mansion House this lunchtime.

Around 20,000 Doncaster members of various trade unions have refused to work today in protest over Government proposals to change their pensions.

Workers at Doncaster Royal Infirmary stand on the picket line. Picture: Liz Mockler D1323LM

Workers at Doncaster Royal Infirmary stand on the picket line. Picture: Liz Mockler D1323LM

Unions including Unison, the University and College Union and Unite staged a rally from Doncaster Council’s Council House in College Road to the Mansion House.

The protest is part of 24 hours of action nationally which will see around two million public sector workers strike.

In Doncaster more than 100 schools are closed and hospital services are disrupted.

All non-urgent clinics and admissions have been cancelled at Doncaster hospitals. Officials say they will be concentrating on emergency services and care of cancer patients.

The NHS says family doctors’ surgeries will be open as usual as will emergency services provided by A&E staff at Doncaster Royal Infirmary.

But the trust says it will be running a bank holiday-type service, with most outpatient appointments and non-urgent admissions being cancelled.

Passengers flying to and from Doncaster’s Robin Hood Airport could face delays at border control.

Earlier today picket lines were formed at a variety of locations across the borough including The Council House, Blue Building in High Street, Doncaster Royal Infirmary and Mexborough Montagu hospitals, The Garage substance rehabilitation centre in Thorne Road, and East Laith House in East Laith Gate, which provides sexual health services.