As it happened: National strike

Key points

  • Public sector workers went on strike over pension reforms in what unions called the biggest walkout for a generation.
  • About 67% of UK state schools shut, with thousands more partially closed, while the NHS cancelled 7,000 operations, the government said.
  • PM David Cameron described strike as "something like a damp squib", but Labour leader Ed Miliband accused him of "spoiling for this fight".

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