Workers and representatives from a eclectic mix of unions are striking today in protest at the government's plans for pension reform.
The protests, which are taking place all over the country, coincide with a day of action by off duty policeman, protesting over cuts to the police service.
Central London is currently packed with protestors including representatives from the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS), the largest civil service trade union; Unite, representing NHS workers, Ministry of Defence firefighters and others; the University and College Union; the Immigration Services Union; Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union members in the Royal Fleet Auxiliary, and the Northern Ireland Public Services Alliance.
The unions say that members are being "robbed" and will have to pay more and work longer for lower pensions.The government line is that current pension schemes are unfair - and unaffordable - because people are living longer.
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Posted by Penny Hosie