Voluntary Sector: Taking Action ... The TUC vs the Government

Protesters: The TUC
Target: The Government
Location: London and the UK
Date: 30 November

The lowdown

An estimated two million public sector workers went on strike across the UK, with midday marches organised in key locations including London, Glasgow and Belfast. In London thousands of workers met at Lincoln's Inn Fields then marched to a rally at Victoria embankment. Thirty-seven people were arrested for breach of the peace.

Why the protest?

The protest is against the UK Government's plans to increase the amount of money public sector workers pay into their pension, raise the retirement age to 67 and introduce career-average pensions. Higher contributions are due to be phased in over three years from April 2012, amounting to an average 3.2 percentage points increase to each employee's contribution rate.

How did the Government respond?

Prime Minister David Cameron said the 'irresponsible and damaging' walkout had been a 'damp squib' and was far from as universally supported as unions claimed.

How did the media cover it?

The strikes gained enormous media coverage. Focal points included the regional aspect of the strikes, the sheer size and scale, the money lost and closures forced due to strikes and the national outrage over Jeremy Clarkson's comments about strikers.

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