29 Jun '11, 10am

British schools, airports face strike disruption

British schools, airports face strike disruption

LONDON - About 600,000 teachers and civil servants were set to join a rare strike in Britain on Thursday, disrupting schools, airports and ports in the biggest walkout since the government took office last year. Four trade unions voted to take action on June 30 to protest against changes to pensions, in what one labour union warned could be the start of the most serious widespread industrial unrest in Britain since 1926. Prime Minister David Cameron made a final effort on Tuesday to persuade them to abandon the strike, which could close or disrupt up to 85 percent of schools and colleges in England and Wales as teachers walk out in their droves. Coordinated strikes by civil servants will also see disruption to job centres, tax offices and courts, and the UK Border Agency said a walkout by its customs and immigration staff would cause delays at airports, train stations and ...

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