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The Public and Commercial Services union (PCS) said early signs from picket lines showed solid support for the strike, the third major walkout by public sector employees in the past six months.
Thousands of London bus workers are to vote on strikes in a row over pay during the Olympics, the Unite union has said.
The National Union of Teachers is not taking part in today's public sector strikes but it has tweeted a message of support to those who are:
Passengers arriving at Gatwick Airport were warned they may experience some delays at immigration today due to the strikes by public sector workers. A spokesman said:
"Gatwick Airport has additional staff and volunteers on hand throughout the day in both terminals to assist Border Force colleagues and passengers."
"Our focus remains on minimising any potential disruption and ensuring our arriving passengers can get through the airport as quickly as possible."
But FDA union members in senior grades of the civil service voted by almost 3-1 to accept the deal negotiated with the Government for new pension arrangements from 2015.
Deputy general secretary Dave Penman said:
Staff at the Border Agency are warning that using replacement staff during the strike will mean borders won't be secure, with travellers facing long delays. They say contingency officers will have very limited training.
Lucy Moreton from the Immigration Service Union says members are angry at the pension reforms being pushed through, and they've been told to "like it or lump it". She says the Government has stubbornly refused to consult properly with them.
Minister for the Cabinet Office, Francis Maude, said:
Most public sector unions remain opposed to pension reforms which they warn would leave millions of workers having to pay more into their pensions, retire later and receive less when they stop work.
Ministers insist the current level of public sector pensions is unsustainable and that reforms are necessary.
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Have today's public sector strikes had the desired impact or did they simply fall short?
Unions have warned that strikes by public sector workers in the row over pensions will continue following a day of walkouts and protests.