The big strike: What you need to know

One million people are expected to go on strike today in what's been dubbed the biggest walkout since 1926.

Those on strike include firefighters (FBU over pensions and retirement age), teachers (pay, pensions, workload), council workers, care workers, school support staff as well as members of the RMT union, the PCS and UNISON.

We look at the hardest hit regions and discuss why are people striking.

Sara Tomlinson, teacher and NUT member, tells us why she's taking strike action and we question Cabinet Minister Francis Maude on why these people aren't getting the pay they claim they deserve.

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'You cannot equate the occupier with the occupied'

Israel has dismally failed the peace process...we were not responsible for breaking the talks.

– Professor Manuel Hassassian

Eight members of one family including five children have been killed in pre dawn raids in Gaza after a third night of bombing by Israeli forces.

Palestinian authorities say at least 60 people have been killed in the violence since Tuesday.

Israel has promised to "further increase the assault" on Hamas until it stops firing rockets at Israeli cities and communities.

Joining us in the studio is Palestinian Ambassador Professor Manuel Hassassian.

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