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Austerity anger: Britain's turn

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Austerity anger: Britain's turn


It is Britain’s first mass strike in more than 30 years. Up to two million public sector workers have walked out in a dispute over pension reforms.

There have been demonstrations across the UK, with nurses, teachers and immigration officers taking part in the day of action.

Schools have been shut and hospitals have cancelled some operations.

“It’s anger because it is so much and it is for us, not them, as well, because I don’t see the MPs putting their hands in their pockets and saying ‘We are happy to give up our pension at the same rate as well,’” said protester Jamie Henderson.

Unions say the planned pension reforms will force public sector staff to work longer before they can retire and pay more for pensions that will be worth less.

The government, tackling a debt-laden economy, says public sector pensions are unaffordable.

Prime Minister David Cameron played down the impact of the strike, describing it as “something of a damp squib.”

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