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The Communities and Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles said he had seen "longer chip shop queues" than the number of staff protesting on the picket line today:
Government workers who are members of the PCS Union targeted Westminster with their protest as the Chancellor arrived to make his Budget speech.
British Armed Forces could find their pay going up more than expected, with a reported 1.5% rise on the way according to the Daily Telegraph. That's despite a cap on public-sector pay awards of 1%.
The PCS union claims some court proceeding are being delayed today by strike action.
Pickets are also on duty outside Government offices and other departments, including the Office for National Statistics in London where the latest unemployment figures have been published.
PCS members handed out leaflets which say the dispute is the most serious ever faced by the union.
The unions has accused ministers of refusing to negotiate over its economic and social policies.
Unite General secretary Len McCluskey said:
Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude has called the PCS' decision to strike "futile, counter-productive and irresponsible."
He added that the decision to strike benefits no one, but "threatens the services people rely on."
He said: "I can reassure the public that the Government has done everything we can to minimise disruption [today]. Rigorous contingency planning is in place to try and limit the impact of the strike action and to ensure that affected public services operate as effectively as possible."
Union members are protesting as part of a long-running dispute with the Government over pay and pensions, with thousands of public sector workers staging a 24-hour strike today.
Civil servants will stage a 24-hour strike on Budget day today, in a row over pay, pensions and working conditions.
It is thought up to 250,000 members of the Public and Commercial Services union (PCS) will join the walkout, which will hit job centres, border control at airports, tax offices and courts.
A half day of action has also been called on April 5th, as part of a three month long campaign of action.
Picket lines will be placed outside government offices, museums, galleries and the Houses of Parliament.
Civil servants have planned a second walkout in a row over pay, following their Budget day strike.
Almost 250,000 members who work in government departments and its related bodies will hold a half-day walkout on April 5, the Public and Commercial Services union said.
A 24-hour stoppage has been called by the union on Wednesday after accusing the Government of refusing to negotiate over cuts.
A three-month programme of industrial action is also being planned, along with a fresh campaign against tax avoidance and evasion.