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

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