Is today’s strike justified?

Nadera Bird (left) and Charlotte Caley picket outside the Northern General Hospital, Sheffield, as workers around the country stage the biggest general strike for decades today in a row over pensions. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday November 30, 2011. Up to two million workers public sector workers started going on strike from midnight, ranging from lollipop ladies and refuse collectors to weather forecasters and nuclear physicists to stage a 24-hour walkout in the biggest outbreak of industrial unrest since the 1979 winter of discontent. See PA story INDUSTRY Strike. Photo credit should read: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire
Nadera Bird (left) and Charlotte Caley picket outside the Northern General Hospital, Sheffield, as workers around the country stage the biggest general strike for decades today in a row over pensions. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday November 30, 2011. Up to two million workers public sector workers started going on strike from midnight, ranging from lollipop ladies and refuse collectors to weather forecasters and nuclear physicists to stage a 24-hour walkout in the biggest outbreak of industrial unrest since the 1979 winter of discontent. See PA story INDUSTRY Strike. Photo credit should read: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire

THE St Helens Reporter’s Chris Amery asked people in St Helens their views on today’s strike - and we want to hear what our online readers think.

The majority of people we spoke to were broadly supportive of the widespread industrial action.

Stephen Bradshaw

Stephen Bradshaw

Read what some of the people we spoke to below had to say, then add your comment at the bottom of the page.

We’ll publish all the comments received here in next week’s St Helens Reporter.

Robert Challinor, 68, of Sutton, said: “Sometimes there is no alternative to strike action. I can understand the anger because people have planned for the future and are now having their pensions altered – through no fault of their own.

“The ordinary person in the street has no alternative but to register a vote of disapproval – sometimes people have to make a stand.”

Robert Challinor

Robert Challinor

Student Jade Griffiths, 18, of Parr, said: “It’s not going to affect me directly but I suppose they need to take action if they want something to be done. It will affect lots of people though.”

Stephen Bradshaw, 51, of Blackbrook, said: “I’m all for the strike action. If that’s what they need to do to get their voices heard then so be it.

“People can only put up with so much before they have to make a stand.”

Former headteacher Malcolm Thomas, 68, of Sutton, said: “I think they are right to go on strike for something they believe in. It’s going to disrupt a lot of schools up and down the country but it’s the Government’s fault.

Malcolm Thomas

Malcolm Thomas

“The bottom line is that the banks are getting away with paying enormous bonuses – but the Government should be in charge of them.”

Jade Griffiths

Jade Griffiths