Home Office job adverts would appear to show that unions 'won' the dispute, but Damian Green denies there are any new jobs.
The Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) has cancelled plans to strike tomorrow - the day before the Olympic Opening Ceremony.
The Government is considering court action to prevent a planned strike by Border Agency staff on the eve of the Olympics.
The Public and Commercial Services union says a Budget-day strike will be the first event in a three-month long protest against budget cuts, to include:
- An all-day strike on 20 March with rallies and demonstrations in key locations, including Westminster
- Further national and group strikes of varying durations, including half days and short walkouts, timed to have the greatest impact
- Industrial action short of a strike, including a national overtime ban until 20 June
- Disruptive action in groups
- Strike days interspersed with other protests and campaigning activities around specific themes
The Public and Commercial Services union general secretary Mark Serwotka said a civil servants' strike planned for Budget day would kickstart a "rolling programme" of industrial action:
This is not a one-day protest, this is the start of a rolling programme of walkouts and disruptive action to put pressure on a government that is refusing to talk to us.
Civil and public servants are working harder than ever to provide the services we all rely on but, instead of rewarding them, the government is imposing cuts to their pay, raiding their pensions and trying to rip up their basic working conditions.
– PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka
We warned more than two years ago that austerity wouldn't work and we were right.
There is an alternative to cutting the living standards of hard-working public servants and our campaign is designed to make the case loud and clear.
NASUWT General secretary Chris Keates told a fringe meeting at the Labour party conference in Manchester that the industrial action involved areas which "burdened" teachers.
We are sending a strong message to the Government, and we need Labour to stand alongside us. We cannot stand by and allow this Government to wreck education.
Ms Keates said what was happening in education was similar to the "privatisation" of the NHS.
We don't want privateers and marketeers in schools. We have a fight on our hands - and we cannot wait until 2015.
Shadow Education Minister Sharon Hodgson has said both the National Union of Teachers and the NASUWT should not be taking 'ideological positions'.
– Shadow Education Minister Sharon Hodgson
Both sides need to avoid adopting ideological positions, and it's important that the Government ceases its dogmatic attacks on the teaching profession.
– A Department for Education spokesman
We are very disappointed that the NUT has chosen to take industrial action. Only a tiny minority of their members voted in favour but it will damage the profession's reputation.
The NUT are taking industrial action about pay and working conditions before the independent pay review body has made any recommendations.
NASUWT General secretary Chris Keates said unions were trying to keep the action "pupil and parent friendly", such as cutting down on paperwork.
But she warned the position could change, especially after a report from the teachers' pay review body later this month.
A teacher with six years experience has lost £5,500 through a pay freeze and pension changes, while those in the job for two years had lost £3,500, she said:
Teacher morale is at an all-time low and our research shows that over half are seriously considering leaving the profession.
The leader of the NASUWT claimed that teachers taking industrial action have been threatened with breach of contract and salary deduction.
General secretary Chris Keates warned that action could increase later this year if the Government does not respond to teachers' concerns.
The union would challenge any schools or employers penalising teachers for taking legitimate industrial action, she said.
"The action is already having an effect because there have been threats from local authorities and schools of breach of contract or deductions from salaries.
"The more that threats are made, the more it strengthens the resolve of teachers."
– Christine Blower, general secretary of the NUT
Teachers are being undermined by a Government whose almost daily criticisms and erosion of working conditions and pay, coming on top of previous attacks on pensions, are unacceptable. This negative approach to the profession has to stop.
The action we are taking at this stage will have a positive benefit on children's education and restore a balance to the working lives of teachers.
Members of the National Union of Teachers (NUT) are launching a campaign of action short of a strike, joining those in the NASUWT who are already taking action.
Industrial action by teachers over issues including pay, pensions and workload will be stepped up today amid warnings of an escalation in the coming months.
Thousands of Jobcentre staff will go on strike today in a long-running row over "oppressive working conditions and unrealistic targets".
More than 6,000 members of, the Public and Commercial Services union in 32 call centres in England, Scotland and Wales will reignite industrial action first taken last year.
They claim that "draconian" conditions are preventing them from providing a decent service.