Strikes across North East

Thousands of civil servants are striking over pay and pensions. The protest coincides with this year's Budget.

Full Report: Chancellor delivers Budget as thousands go on strike

The Chancellor has asked public sector workers to bear more pain for another year to help businesses and home-buyers get the economy going.

Thousands of civil service workers went on strike across the region as George Osborne announced a pay cap and more spending cuts in most departments.

However, he said the money would be used to create an 'aspiration nation'.

You can watch the full report from Dan Ashby below.

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Pickles: 'Seen longer chip shop queues' than picket lines

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:

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Just 8% of DCLG staff participating into today’s industrial action. Passing the picket line today, I’ve seen longer chip shop queues

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Strikers gather at Grey's Monument in Newcastle

Grey's Monument in Newcastle
Grey's Monument in Newcastle Credit: ITV

Strikers gathered at Grey's Monument in Newcastle, angry about pay and pensions. Thousands of other civil service workers across the North East are also on strike. The protest coincides with this year's Budget. Several protests are planned over the next few months.

Strikers in Newcastle
Strikers in Newcastle Credit: ITV

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Strikes: Newcastle

Public and Commercial Services Union members on a picket line in Benton Park, Newcastle Credit: ITV News
The strikes coincide with the Chancellor's latest Budget Credit: ITV News
Union members braved poor weather in Newcastle to protest against Government cuts Credit: ITV News

Strikes: Sunderland

PCS Union members stage a strike in Sunderland Credit: ITV News

Workers in Sunderland have begun industrial action over pay and pensions. The strikes coincides with George Osborne's latest Budget.

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