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Thousands of council workers, teachers and firefighters from across the region took part in a day of action over pay, pensions and working conditions.
Libraries, museums and nearly 500 schools in the region have been closed or disrupted. Unions claimed solid support for the strike but the government attacked them, arguing they are based on ballots with a low turnout. James Webster reports.
As thousands marched, the war of words between the unions and government continued. It claimed the vast majority of workers didn't vote for the action.
The Labour Leader and Doncaster North MP Ed Miliband said the strikes were wrong when negotiations were continuing.
Our Political Correspondent Paul Brand has been gauging reaction at Westminster.
Thousands of council workers, teachers and firefighters from across the region have joined a day of action over pay, pensions and working conditions.
Libraries, museums and more than seven hundred schools have been closed or disrupted.
Unions claimed solid support for the strike but the government attacked them, arguing they are based on ballots with a low turnout.
Michael Billington reports:
With hundreds of schools closed parents across the region took the day off or had to find other childcare plans.
So away from the politics what do they, and other council tax payers, make of the strike? We went to the Great Yorkshire Show to find out:
The MP for Skipton and Ripon says industrial action is "irresponsible" after Yorkshire's showcase Grand Départ weekend.
Julian Smith was speaking on ITV Calendar's political programme Last Orders.
Last Orders is on ITV tonight at 11.35.
Thousands of teachers, refuse collectors, firefighters and other public sector workers in our region are on strike today.
Around two thousand took part in a rally and march in Leeds this morning. Almost 600 schools are closed and a further 450 partially closed as teachers took part in the marches or manned picket lines.
There were similar scenes in Bradford - today's walkout is the largest one-day strike over pay by public sector workers since 2010.
The TUC's regional secretary Bill Adams says the Government are not listening to staff concerns, but MP Patrick McLoughlin says the action is hurting the public:
A government minister has said fewer than 500,000 people are estimated to have taken part in today's public sector strike, a significantly lower number than union leaders have claimed.
Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude, who is responsible for the Civil Service, said: "Our official estimates are that fewer than half a million took part in this strike action – well short of the inflated claims of union leaders.
"Within the Civil Service, there has been the lowest recorded turnout for a national strike," he added.
Unions have been criticised for going ahead with strike action despite a low turn out at the ballot.
Today, Neil Ware, from the GMB Union, defended the strike action despite figures from the National Office of Statistics saying staff in the public sector still earn between 2.2 per cent and 3.1 per cent more than the private sector in the year 2013.