Most workers salaries are stretched so thin they "are not feeling the recovery in their pockets" because they have had below inflation pay rises for the last four years, a union chief told Good Morning Britain.
Assistant General Secretary of the TUC, Paul Nowak was optimistic about public support for Thursday's strike over public sector pay, and said: "We believe Britain needs a pay rise - and that applies whether you work in the private or the public sector."
Union leaders said they were "overwhelmed" by support after a strike by public sector workers caused widespread disruption.
David Cameron, Michael Gove and other Government figures depicted in a variety of unflattering manners by striking public sector workers.
Hundreds of schools are to close tomorrow as teachers join strike action. Find out what schools in your area are affected.