As you’ve probably gathered, there’ll be a mammoth strike tomorrow as around two million public sector workers demonstrate their feelings over plans to change their pensions. The government wants to bring in the changes partly to make public sector pensions affordable in the long term and partly to help pay off the deficit.
Most attention has been on schools and airports, but with 23 unions having voted to strike – including some of the country’s biggest – all kinds of public services could be affected. Courts, hospitals and council services will see disruption, but emergency services will continue to run. Even the British Library says its Reading Rooms will be affected.
The BBC has done a quick guide to what it’s all about, and the Guardian’s Polly Curtis spent most of today going through claim and counter-claim trying to sort out what the genuine situation with public sector pensions is. A poll yesterday showed 61% support for strikers nationwide, while a post on our Facebook page attracted a broad spectrum of opinion.
As well as picket lines (one of the more visible is likely to be Public and Commercial Services Union members outside Euston Tower from 7am), there’ll also be a series of rallies and marches. The biggest is organised by the London and SE TUC, which starts at Lincoln’s Inn Fields from 12pm, leaving at 1pm to walk to Victoria Embankment for a rally at 2pm. Yes, roads will be closed.
Let us know if you’re striking or if you’re going to be affected.