OPINION: Open for business

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If you’re a parent reading The Star today you could well be at home having an unexpected day off.

Chances are you may not be too happy about it though.

Strike action is due to shut many schools today, as public sector anger mounts.

Many of us will be inconvenienced today – firefighters and council workers are also planning to walk out – but there will be sympathy for the strikers too.

A derisory one per cent pay offer – a pay cut in real terms – plus concern over pensions and workloads are the issues that have fired up the public sector.

These are issues that are not just confined to the public sector – many workers are concerned about their pay and conditions.

Today’s walk-out, part of national action, is said to be the biggest day of action in decades.

That might worry those readers with long memories, who will remember the instability and strikes of the 1970s.

All the signs are that the economy is turning the corner at last. There was optimism in the air at the Sheffield City Region Business Awards just last week.

We are a region open for business – and the quality jobs and security that investment could bring.