A day of disruption is expected across the South West as thousands of teachers and other public sector workers are going on strike over pay and pensions
Members of teaching union NUT and also UNITE say they have not had a pay rise in three years. This year the government offered them a 1% rise but the offer was refused.
The General Secretary of the NUT is coming to Plymouth today a few weeks before teachers go on stike next month. Christine Blower will be attending a question and answers event alongside teachers, parents and politicians.
They'll be debating things why teachers are striking and whether standards in school are failing.
More than two thousand tax office workers are striking across the West Country today angry about proposed job cuts. The office in Barnstaple is one of those scheduled to close. It's the biggest in the region and thirty jobs are at risk.
Unions are staging walk-outs across the country this week. Twenty three tax offices are on the verge of closing.
Post office workers across the country are going on strike today. The action has been called in response to disputes over jobs and pay.
The Post Office plans to close 76 offices which will affect more than eight hundred jobs.
The union is seeking protection for jobs and the service. It also wants to secure a fair pay rise for staff who haven't had one since April 2011.
Today, the strike will affect 373 post offices across the country.
Members of the Public and Commercial Services Union which represents civil servants are on strike in a long running dispute. They're protesting against cuts to pensions and a pay freeze which they say has reduced their incomes by 20 per cent. A rally is planned in Plymouth at midday.
The Government said it will address some of its terms and conditions for employees after public sector workers called a strike:
The Government said "pay restraint" had helped protect jobs and its pensions remain "among the very best available" after civil servants announced a strike:
The Government said it was "disappointing" that the PCS union is planning three months of industrial action, including a huge strike on Budget day.
A Cabinet Office spokesman said: "It is disappointing that, yet again, the PCS insist on pushing for futile action which benefits no-one, and damages the services they deliver to the public."
The Public and Commercial Services union says a Budget-day strike will be the first event in a three-month long protest against budget cuts, to include:
- An all-day strike on 20 March with rallies and demonstrations in key locations, including Westminster
- Further national and group strikes of varying durations, including half days and short walkouts, timed to have the greatest impact
- Industrial action short of a strike, including a national overtime ban until 20 June
- Disruptive action in groups
- Strike days interspersed with other protests and campaigning activities around specific themes