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Public sector workers strike and police protest

Up to 400,000 public sector employees, including police officers, lecturers and border control staff, are staging a day of protest against the government austerity programme, with thousands of people expected to attend events in central London.

About 20,000 off-duty police officers are due to march in the capital on Thursday and plan to wear a total of 16,000 black caps to mark projected job losses over the next four years.

At the same time, public sector unions will hold their third one-day walkout in 12 months, led by the Public and Commercial Services (PCS) civil servants’ union, health workers from the Unite union, teachers and lecturers from the University and College Union, the Nipsa civil servants’ union in Northern Ireland and Royal Navy support staff at the RMT union.

One of the lead government negotiators on public sector pension reforms, the cabinet secretary, Francis Maude, described the strikes as “futile”.

Read more in The Guardian.

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