PENSIONS STRIKE: Chichester workers take to the streets

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Public sector workers took to the picket lines in force in Chichester today to protect their pensions.

Unison members took to the streets at St Richard’s Hospital, Chichester District Council, West Sussex County Council, at Chichester College, and the University of Chichester.

Teachers were also on strike at the majority of the area’s schools.

Speaking before the strike Chris Earmaker, the branch secretary for Unison in West Sussex, said: “People are being asked to pay more, they are going to get less in terms of benefits, and they are going to have to work longer.

“Everyone accepts there has to be changes, but it is just how it is being done and the speed at which it is being done.”

She said the county’s branch had seen a dramatic increase in membership since the start of the row over pensions, with 130 new applications in November compared to a monthly average of about 40.