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Doctors go on strike in Nigeria

They say it's over the lack of protective equipment and poor pay
Doctors go on strike in Nigeria today. One of the main unions say it's over the lack of protective equipment as well as poor pay. Nigeria has recorded more than 16,000 cases of Covid-19 and over 400 deaths. BBC Newsday's Clare McDonell spoke to Dr Olusegun Olaopa, former president and current member of the National Association of Resident Doctors in Nigeria. 

(Photo: A doctor at the Jos University Teaching Hospital in Nigeria Credit: Stefan Heunis/AFP via Getty Images)

School strike rally cancelled for the first time in 36-year history

Pete Cooper

BBC News

The Burston Strike School Rally in Norfolk has been cancelled due to coronavirus.

The event was due to be held on 6 September and marks the longest industrial strike in British history.

It is the first time since the rally started in 1984 at the village near Diss that the event has not been held.

Inscribed stones on the Burston Strike School
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Inscribed stones on the Burston Strike School which is now a museum

Miles Hubbard, one of the organisers from the union Unite, said: "It would be unwise to go ahead."

He said the event would return "just as vibrant" next year.

The Burston Strike School was established as a result of the sacking of two teachers, Tom and Kitty Higdon, in 1914.

Children and parents then refused to attend the local Church of England school and instead an alternative school was set up on the village green, which remained open until 1939.

Past speakers at the rally have included Jeremy Corbyn, Tony Benn and Diane Abbott.