Teachers stage strike over pensions
Thousands of teachers and lecturers have launched a 24-hour strike in the continuing bitter dispute over the Government's controversial public sector pension reforms, closing schools and disrupting lectures.
The action by members of the National Union of Teachers (NUT) and University and College Union (UCU) in London hit over 60 higher and further education institutions as well as a number of schools.
Parents were forced to make alternative childcare arrangements or work from home because of the strike.
Health workers and other public sector staff across the country will stage protests and demonstrations amid continued opposition to the planned pension changes.
The action follows last year's strike by more than one and a half million public-sector workers, with most unions continuing to refuse to sign up to new pension arrangements.
Union officials said public sector employees remained opposed to Government plans to make them pay more and work longer for their pensions and get less in retirement.
The first stage of an increase in pension contributions for teachers, lecturers and other public sector employees comes into force next week.
UCU and NUT members will march through central London and will hold a rally outside the headquarters of the Education Department in Westminster.