It is likely to be a slow day in the UK as four of the country’s major unions bring hundreds of thousands of people out on strike. An estimated 600,000 teachers and civil servants are downing tools over planned changes to their pensions which they say will mean working working longer hours, retiring later and seeing their pension contributions rise.
Some have taken their protest to the very gates of Downing Street.
In a volatile debate in parliament, the Prime Minister accused the union-friendly opposition of avoiding the issue. Of opposition Labour Party leader Ed Miliband he said “What the whole country will have noticed is that at a time when people are worried about strikes he can’t ask about strikes because he’s in the pocket of the unions.”
It is thought around two thirds of schools across the country are partially or fully closed. Some parents found out by text message that they would have to make other arrangements for their child.
As well as schools, courts, ports and airports are also affected. Customs staff will not be in work and this is likely to lead to long queues.