Schools, hospitals, courts, transport, government… Today sees the biggest UK public sector strike for three decades. Not since 1979’s Winter of Discontent have so many people walked out, with 2m expected to be off work in a protest over pensions.
Union leaders are calling on the government to rethink its economic policies. Recognising that there need to be reductions in public spending and an increase in public revenue, the unions are angry at the perception that the government has chosen to take money from millions of ordinary workers rather than seeking more tax revenue from the top earners.
It’s estimated that 90% of the UK’s schools will be closed today, although the latest figures suggest that only around 45% of schools are completely closed and that many are functioning with a reduced number of staff. But it will be hard for anyone to miss the impact of the strikes at some stage during the day.