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Pupil wants school to stay open
Mitchell's letter to staff at his school
Mitchell's letter urged staff to think of the children's education
An eight-year-old boy from Hull is so upset about missing school due to proposed strike action he has written to the staff asking them to reconsider.

Members of Unison, the GMB and the T&G unions are planning a one-day walkout on Tuesday over cuts to the local government pension scheme.

But Mitchell Langcaster-James told staff at Eastfield Primary School they should discuss the problem instead.

"I don't think it would be setting a good example," he said in his letter.

"I don't want to miss school on Tuesday for we have double literacy in which I am writing a story that I would like to continue.

Minimise disruption

"I think that if you disagree with something you should sit down and discuss it until you reach an agreement to this problem instead of threatening to stop your work.

"That way no-one has to suffer by your disagreement."

Eastfield Primary is one of many schools throughout East Yorkshire that will stay closed as a result of the industrial action.

The unions are protesting at government plans to change a rule that currently allows some to retire on a full pension at 60.

Libraries, day centres, refuse collections and council offices throughout the region will also be affected.

North Lincolnshire Council, East Riding Council and Hull City Council said they would do their best to minimise the disruption.

The teachers' union, the NASUWT, is not taking strike action.

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