Public services to be hit by strike
9 July 2014 Last updated at 23:56 BST
More than a million public sector workers are expected to take part in industrial action on Thursday.
Thousands of council workers in Wales, England and Northern Ireland are expected to walk out including librarians, refuse collectors, and traffic wardens.
Many schools in England and Wales will also close for the day, as thousands of teachers are expected to strike.
John Moylan reports