Tens of thousands of protesters marched through central London as members of the PCS, UCU, NUT and ATL unions took part in a 24 hour strike over pensions.
The government is proposing to increase the retirement age to 68 for public sector workers as well as numerous other changes that would reduce the size of the pension whilst making employees contribute more.
The march passed off peacefully, however after the main march had finished there were scuffles with police as a group of protesters marched back up Whitehall.
BBC NUJ members across the world started a 48 hour strike at 1 minute past midnight after 70% of members rejected the BBCs final offer on a reduced pensions deal.
The strike is set to paralyse the BBC’s news and current affairs output during the 48 hour walkout, as journalists across the world take part in the action. It’s thought that many of the BBC’s flagship news programmes will not air at all and will be replaced with repeats of old or prerecorded shows.
BBC journalists worldwide as well as across the UK will be picketing workplaces, with action taking place outside the BBC’s Washington, Los Angles, Paris, Rome, Kabul and Istanbul bureaux.
London Fire Brigade firefighters took part in an 8 hour walkout after all 5,600 firefighters in London were told to sign a new contract or they would be sacked.
Some Tube workers also refused to work during the strike as there was not adequate fire protection cover on the Underground. Only 27 of 169 appliances were in service during the walkout and FBU General Secretary Matt Wrack said the private contractors who were employed to operate them, crashed two.