Thousands of civil servants from across Derbyshire are taking strike action and will be holding demonstrations throughout today.
The strike will be the biggest since the pensions dispute, which saw the first joint union walkout on 30 June 2011 and led to the mass strike on 30 November of that year.
Today’s strike means government departments like tax and revenue offices are closed along with Job Centres, benefit offices, Courts and driving test centres.
These will be alongside those closures of schools due to teacher strikes, local government services because of striking council workers and closed fire stations because of firefighters also taking action.
The focus of the action will be at the pay freezes set upon by the government over the public sector workers.
Andrew Lloyd, midlands regional secretary for the Public and Commercial Services Union said: “Ministers praise public servants for their hard work and dedication but at the same time they are slashing their living standards.
“Instead of warm words, public sector workers need a pay rise.
“Over the last four years the total pay increase for civil servants has been less than 2%, many have had a total freeze, at a time when the accumulative price rises have been at over 16%, PCS members amongst other public sector workers have had enough.”