Voluntary Sector: Taking action ... Trade unions vs the Government

Protesters: Various trade unions
Target: The Government
Location: London and 80 other locations around the UK
Date: 30 June

- The lowdown

Hundreds of thousands of public sector workers staged a 24-hour walkout in protest at planned changes to their pensions. They included three teaching unions and the Public and Commercial Services union. An estimated 500,000 teachers and civil servants joined the strike with many marching through London or holding protests around the country.

- Why the strikes?

The unions say the proposals would mean more work and contributions for a reduced pension. NUT general secretary Christine Blower said on BBC's Question Time: 'Much of this has already been imposed on teachers without negotiation, and when we say there are talks going on it's true that the Government is talking but it isn't actually listening.'

- How did the Government respond?

Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude said in a statement: 'What today has shown is that the vast majority of hard-working public sector employees do not support today's premature strike and have come into work today; I want to thank them all for coming in, ignoring the pickets and putting the public first.'

- Media coverage

The strikes were covered widely by all national and regional press. Much of the coverage focused on this being the first in a number of planned strikes this summer.

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