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Thousands strike in UK over pension cuts

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Members of the police make an arrest following scuffles during a public sector worker march through central London, on Thursday, June 30, in London. Hundreds of thousands of public sector workers, including teachers and civil servants, across the UK are to stage a mass strike today in protest at the governments planned cuts to pensions.

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Demonstrators march past the Houses of Parliament during a protest over pension reforms in London on Thursday. Teachers and civil servants marched through the streets and picketed government buildings across Britain Thursday in protest at planned pension reforms, launching what could be a long period of labour unrest over austerity measures.

The AP reports:

LONDON — British teachers and public sector workers swapped classrooms and offices for picket lines Thursday as hundreds of thousands walked off the job to protest pension cuts.

Airport operators warned there could be long lines at immigration entry points because of walkouts by passport officers, but most of Britain's airports, including Heathrow and Manchester, said it was business as usual.

Unions estimated that up to 750,000 teachers and civil servants joined the one-day strike, disrupting courthouses, tax offices and employment centers, as well as schools. The government said the figure was lower. Continue reading.