– Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude
The dedicated majority of public sector workers are working normally today and rigorous contingency plans are ensuring that nearly all key public services remain open as usual.
We can now confirm that far fewer civil servants are on strike than in November – with around 100,000 taking part – down from 146,000 last year. This is dramatically lower than union claims.
Unions have warned that strikes by public sector workers in the row over pensions will continue following a day of walkouts and protests by tens of thousands of employees.