As it happened: Public sector strike action

Key points

  • Hundreds of thousands of public sector workers in the UK have been taking part in strike action on Thursday
  • The action came as part of a series of disputes over pay, pensions and cuts
  • Teachers, firefighters, civil servants and local government workers have been involved, with hundreds of schools closed
  • Civil service minister Francis Maude said it was not right for members of the public to be inconvenienced, and claimed the unions' mandates for holding strike action were "weak"

Live text

Reporting:

  • Lauren Turner 
  • Kerry Alexandra 
  • Matthew Bell 
  • Dominic Howell 
  • Bernadette McCague 

Last updated 10 July 2014

STANDARD 06:20

Welcome to the BBC's live coverage of today's public sector strike action. We'll be following events during the day, during what trade unions claim will be the biggest mass walkout since 2011.

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More than a million workers are expected to take part in strike action. Full details on the background to the dispute can be found here.

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Rallies and demonstrations are due to take place around the country, with large protests planned in London and Birmingham.

STANDARD 06:26

Several different unions are taking part in today's strikes across the UK. For more information about who is going on strike and why, read our Q&A.

STANDARD 06:29

Here's an early indication of how pupils are being affected by the action. In Surrey, there are 17 schools that are expected to be completely closed, with 32 partially closed.

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Education Secretary Michael Gove made a last-ditch appeal on Wednesday evening for teachers to reconsider their strike action ahead of the walkout.

STANDARD 06:35

Joe Morgan, regional secretary of GMB Birmingham and West Midlands GMB, said no wagons had left Birmingham's fleet and waste management central depot this morning. As a result, bin services in the city will be affected, according to the union.

TWEET 06:39

Labour MP John McDonnell, chair of the PCS union parliamentary group, tweeted: "100% support and solidarity to all those striking today. The message of this strike is that people have had enough of pay freezes and cuts."

STANDARD 06:43

The Green Party is supporting the strike, with MP Caroline Lucas expected to take part in a march in Brighton and party leader Natalie Bennett to join those marching in London.

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