Customs and border staff took part in Thursday's strikes.

A view from the picket lines

Have today's public sector strikes had the desired impact or did they simply fall short?

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Treasury: We must continue public sector pay restraint

Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander has said the Government needs to continue with "public sector pay restraint" to rectify the nation's finances.

Public sector workers make a vital contribution to the effective delivery of public services. We need to continue with public sector pay restraint in order to put the nation’s finances back on a sustainable footing.

We are delivering on our commitment to a one per cent pay rise for all except some of the most senior public sector workers.

– Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander


600,000 NHS workers not eligible for 1% pay increase

ITV News Deputy Political Editor Chris Ship has tweeted:


So NHS pay most complex. Half NHS staff get the recommended 1%. But the 600k workers on automatic increases for length service get only that


400 ‘Very Senior Managers’ in NHS who do not get automatic "progression pay" will not receive one percent pay rise either

Half of NHS staff to receive 1% pay rise

ITV News Deputy Political Editor Chris Ship has tweeted:


But NHS who get automatic "progression pay" will not receive the 1% on top <That is 50% of NHS workforce


Government to announce public sector pay deal

Those working in the public sector will find out today by how much their pay will increase in the next financial year.

The Government is set to announce its plans for public sector pay later today. Credit: Press Association.

The Government is to give its response later to a number of reports from review bodies.

Unions representing more than one million NHS workers across the UK have pressed for a decent rise after two years of wage freezes followed by a 1% increase.

'Bullying and pressure' behind some unpaid overtime

A TUC report into an increase in the number of public sector staff doing overtime for free says that will some staff put in extra hours because of commitment to their job, there is also evidence of "bullying and excessive management pressure."

Read: 250,000 more women doing unpaid overtime

Times are tough for public sector workers. As the cuts bite and fewer staff find themselves having to take on more work, unpaid overtime inevitably grows.

Some of the increase will be down to the professionalism and commitment of staff who want to provide decent services.

But there is also evidence of bullying and excessive management pressure in some workplaces.

It is not surprising that morale is so low across the public sector. Hours are up, workload has increased, pay has been frozen, pensions cut and jobs insecure as public sector staff know that 60% of the cuts are still to come.

– TUC general secretary Frances O'Grady

250,000 more women doing unpaid overtime

An increase in the number of workers doing unpaid overtime in the public sector has almost entirely been driven by 250,000 more women working extra hours for free, according to a study by the TUC.

250,000 more women are working extra hours for free, the TUVC said Credit: PA

In 2003, more men than women did unpaid overtime in the public sector, but the position has been reversed, the research found.

Read: TUC: Government must enforce minimum wage fines

One in four public sector workers puts in at least an extra hour a week, the TUC said.

Around one in six staff in private firms worked extra hours for no pay, a figure which has largely remained unchanged over the past decade, although the amount of unpaid overtime has increased.

Home Office facing biggest savings

by - Deputy Political Editor

It seems the Home Office might have to find the greatest savings of all government departments.

Other big spending departments like the MoD have been partially protected.

But Theresa May's department, despite her public protestations that she could take no more, might have to save £700-800 million in 2015/16.

The Home Secretary was also linked to a campaign to replace David Cameron as Prime Minister.

The cuts demanded from all departments other than schools, hospitals and overseas aid is 10%.

For most, it is a bigger annual cut than the ones they have experienced in the current spending round - set out in 2010 shortly after the coalition was formed.

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