Teachers and college lecturers in London are staging strike action today over changes to their pensions.
Members of the National Union of Teachers (NUT) and University College Union (UCU) have walked out of classrooms across the capital for 24 hours.
Some 95% of balloted NUT members backed the continuing campaign against pension scheme changes. The union said 73% of its members also agreed to take further action as needed.
The latest strike follows last year's day of mass industrial action when more than a million public sector workers went on strike.
Teachers enjoy access to the unfunded Teachers Pension Scheme. The scheme comes under the government's public sector pensions reform package which wants to increase member contributions, link the normal retirement age to the state pension age and move from final salary to career average.
NUT general secretary Christine Blower said the government had not made the case for the changes.
UCU general secretary Sally Hunt added: "UCU members are unlikely militants and would much rather be doing their jobs then taking strike action and losing a day's pay. However, it is not fair for ordinary people to suffer huge cuts in their standards of living at a time when the government is handing out huge tax giveaways to big business and high earners."
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