In Leeds, 95% of schools were closed and over 60% of council staff were on strike. Unions provided a small number of exemptions to staff in critical services protecting vulnerable people in life threatening situations.
Pickets were out all over the town centre and beyond (“I’ve had that leaflet thanks, you lot are everywhere”, said one smiling passer-by) , with 70 at Cross Green refuse depot and a determined line of mental health workers at Seacroft Hospital.
Social workers, social care staff and home carers were amongst the tens of thousands of public sector workers in Birmingham who took part in the N30 strike today. Picket lines were well attended and lively (see You Tube video below).