Mass walkouts across the UK have closed schools, halted trains and disrupted government services as hundreds of thousands of workers go on strike.
Biggest day of strike action in a decade begins in UK
Up to half a million British teachers, civil servants, train drivers and university lecturers have walked out over pay and conditions in the largest co-ordinated strike action in Britain in a generation, causing widespread disruption.
The mass walkouts across the country shut schools, halted most rail services, and the military was put on standby to help with border checks.
About 300,000 teachers are expected to strike on Wednesday, the biggest group involved, as part of wider action by 500,000 people, the highest number for at least a decade.
Mary Bousted, General Secretary of National Education Union, told Reuters that teachers in her union felt they had no choice but to strike as declining pay meant high numbers were leaving the profession, making it harder for those that remain.