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National day of action over pay offer
Mass strikes will take place across the country today as teachers, firefighters, carers, street cleaners and social workers walk out over pay.
In Waltham Forest a picket line will be formed outside the council from 7.30am before a march begins to the Town Square in Walthamstow at 9am.
The rally which is expected to attract thousands will march to central London.
Workers are protesting over beliefs that public sector pay is now so far behind the cost of living, that many workers are struggling to make ends meet.
In 2010 public sector pay was frozen and in 2012 a one per cent pay rise cap was introduced.
David Cameron has reacted to the strikes by proposing to tighten laws on walk-outs.
UNISON branch secretary at Waltham Forest, Dave Knight said council workers are being forced to use food banks.
“Council workers have kept on going in the face of four years of draconian Government cuts to keep local services in Waltham Forest running,” he added.
“They care for our elderly and our vulnerable, keep our streets clean and educate and look after our children. They deserve better treatment than they have had at the hands of this Government.
However, Waltham Forest Council claim that services will not be affected.
A spokesman said: “There don’t seem to be many where there are concerns about maintaining a service.
“Only licensing and environmental health have expressed some concern and they won’t really know until the day, but again this shouldn’t disrupt the council providing any services to the public.”
Dozens of schools across the borough will be closed today as teachers strike over changes to pay, conditions and pensions.
There will be no service at the following schools:
Ainslie Wood Primary School
Barn Croft School
Brookfield House School (partially open - classes 1, 2, 3, 7 & 12 are open)
Buxton All-through School Primary Phase
Buxton All-through School Secondary Phase, Chapel End Infants School and Early Years Centre (partially open -nursery open)
Chase Lane Primary School (partially open)
Chingford CofE Infant School
Chingford CofE Junior School
Connaught School for Girls
Davies Lane Primary School
Dawlish Primary School
Downsell Primary School
Edinburgh Primary School
Frederick Bremer Secondary School
George Mitchell Primary Phase School
George Mitchell Secondary Phase School
Goerrge Tomlinson Primary School
Gwyn Jones Primary School
Henry Maynard Primary School & Nursery Nursery, & up to Year 2
Jenny Hammond School
Kelmscott School, Lammas School and Sports College
Leyton Sixth Form College
Longshaw Primary School
Low Hall Nursery and Children's Centre(Partially open, daycare open)
Mayville Primary School partially open only two classes closed
Mission Grove Primary School and Children's Centre
Oakhill Primary School, Riverley Primary School and Children's Centre
Rushcroft Foundation School, Selwyn Primary School
Sir George Monoux Sixth Form College
South Grove Primary School, St Joseph's Catholic Infant School
St Mary's CofE VA Primary School, (three classes open) St Patrick's Catholic Primary School
St Saviour's CofE Voluntary Aided Primary School
Sybourn Primary School
The Holy Family Technology College (open for Yr 12)
Walthamstow School for Girls
William Morris Academy partially open - classes 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 11, 13 & 15 are open
Winns Primary School (partially open)
Woodford Green Primary School,