Day of strikes

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AROUND 400,000 workers will take part in a national 24-hour strike tomorrow in protest at public sector pension reforms.

Civil servants, jobcentre staff and college lecturers – represented by Unite and the University and College Union – will stage the strike over the long-running Government dispute which twice resulted in walk-outs last year.

Picket lines are planned to be set up outside James Cook University Hospital, in Middlesbrough, and Durham’s Frankland Prison, while a demonstration is planned at Newcastle’s Grey Monument, from noon.

It is unclear how many workers will be taking part in the action from across Hartlepool and east Durham.

But Hartlepool College of Further Education and North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust said they expected minimal disruption.