Largest one-day strike over pay by public sector staff

A strike by thousands of teachers, refuse collectors, firefighters and other public sector works is expected to cause widespread disruption today across our region.

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Cabinet Office: Strike numbers down on 2013

The Government say around a fifth of civil servants are on strike today as several unions take part in industrial action.

A Cabinet Office spokesperson said:

“Most public sector workers have reported for work today and well-rehearsed contingency plans are ensuring that nearly all key public services are being delivered as usual.

“In past years, unions made inflated claims about how many they thought would participate in strike action. They were shown to be wrong."

The statement said:

  • a fifth of civil servants - fewer than 90,000 – are on strike – that is down from the strike action in March 2013;
  • all 717 Jobcentres opened this morning;
  • the majority of schools in England and Wales are open;
  • fire services are operating across the country; and
  • nationally, disruption to local government services is minimal.

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