In a year filled with riots, protests and strikes, the UK witnessed what is thought to be the biggest strike in a decade. Around two million public sector workers took part in the Trade Union Congress day of action in response to the governments cutting back on their pensions. Thousands of teachers, nurses, civil servants, border agency staff, social workers, tax inspectors, marched across the country. Hospitals were left under staffed, and many schools were closed.
The strikes have been called over government plans to cut pensions for all public sector workers, by cutting employer contributions, increasing personal contributions and increasing the state retirement age to 67 in 2026, eight years earlier than originally planned.
Union leaders were further enraged after an announcement that public sector workers’ pay rises would be capped at 1% for the two years after that
Below is my radio report from the scene