PUBLIC sector workers, including teachers and firefighters, are on strike today.

Members of the National Union of Teachers, Unison, the GMB and the Fire Brigades Union are among those taking action today.

A rally outside the Town Hall began at 10am, with members waving flags and handing out leaflets.

The main issues behind the strike are pay, pensions and workload.


Representatives from each union gave short speeches during the morning to explain why they were on striking.


            Simon Collis, from the PCS, speaking at this morning's rally

See the Gazette's website throughout the morning for updates on affected services in the town.

If you have been affected by the action, or are on strike today, contact the news desk on 01206 508432 or email