Francis Maude: Strike is 'futile and counter-productive'

Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude has called the PCS' decision to strike "futile, counter-productive and irresponsible."

He added that the decision to strike benefits no one, but "threatens the services people rely on."

Read: Union: Quarter of a million workers to take part in strike

Francis Maude: "The PCS leadership can't even convince large swathes of its own membership of the benefits of walkouts" Credit: David Jones/PA Wire

He said: "I can reassure the public that the Government has done everything we can to minimise disruption [today]. Rigorous contingency planning is in place to try and limit the impact of the strike action and to ensure that affected public services operate as effectively as possible."

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Budget day strike action

Civil servants will stage a 24-hour strike on Budget day today, in a row over pay, pensions and working conditions.