Immigration Minister Damian Green says the strikes being held by public sector workers across the country today are completely unnecessary.
He said the public sector needs to accept "their share" of the Government austerity cuts and that private sector workers will feel little sympathy for them.
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.
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