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Public sector pension protest

  • The BBC's Annette Bartholomew described Bob Crowe's speech to strikers on a Newcastle quayside as 'rousing'.
    11/30/2011 1:58:12 PM
  • Mother: 'whose NHS?' Toddler on a scooter: 'our NHS'. we're approaching Trafalgar Square #N30 #nov30
  • We're heading past the Savoy. March keeps getting held up because the back end keeps falling so far behind the front #nov30 #N30
  • Councils are beginning to confirm disruption levels at schools in their areas. 246 schools are closed in Derbyshire; 286 in Nottinghamshire; 186 in Leicestershire; 91 in Leicester city and 78 in the city of Derby.
    11/30/2011 2:02:08 PM
  • Workers march in London this afternoon (EPA)

    11/30/2011 2:09:30 PM
  • Now that marches across the country are beginning to reach their destinations, the speeches and rallies are getting underway.
    11/30/2011 2:12:02 PM
  • Hundreds of workers are gathered at a public rally at the Swalec Stadium in Cardiff. Union officials told the crowd that today was just the beginning and the fight would continue for as long as necessary.
    11/30/2011 2:12:17 PM
  • London Ambulance Service has told BBC London it is "struggling" and may not be able to attend to people who are not in a life-threatening condition. South East Coast Ambulance Service already saying it is only responding to "life-threatening emergencies".
    11/30/2011 2:13:52 PM
  • Union leaders will shortly address a rally of 5,000 public sector workers at the National Indoor Arena, Birmingham.
    11/30/2011 2:15:33 PM
  • Unison NEC's Max Watson: "This is the beginning of the turning of the tide against the Government" via @eastlondonlines
  • Five-year-old Esme Lockett-Burke carries a placard as she takes part in a march in Liverpool (Getty Images)

    11/30/2011 2:17:06 PM
  • The BBC reports that staff at a bank close to the main Northern Ireland trade union rally in Belfast city centre have been receiving strike security advice.
    11/30/2011 2:17:40 PM
  • Wandering back through crowds as they make their way alongside the Thames, back of march hasn't reached Trafalgar Square yet #nov30 #N30
  • The central London march is beginning to reach London Embankment. Marchers are cheering and wave placards.
    11/30/2011 2:22:49 PM
  • Air passengers at Heathrow Airport are still reporting 'faster than usual' immigration controls. It has, however, started raining there.
    11/30/2011 2:24:04 PM
  • Bob Crow has heralded striking public transport workers for bringing Tyneside to a standstill.
    11/30/2011 2:31:40 PM
  • incredible, towering ALL POWER TO THE 99% banners on the strand #N30

    11/30/2011 2:32:58 PM
  • PA: Crow told a cheering crowd of about 8,500 at Spillars Wharf on the Newcastle quayside: "Brothers and sisters, I want to salute you. There is not a thing moving on the Metro today or on the Tyne."
    11/30/2011 2:33:14 PM
  • Another update from our reporter Kevin Rawlinson: "Occupy London have announced they are planning to meet at 3pm at Piccadilly Circus. Not sure what they have in mind yet but I'm but I'm guessing it's got something to do with occupying something..."
    11/30/2011 2:34:24 PM
  • #N30 #Nov30 November 30 Public Sector Strike: Bristol The Gathering first pictures up on getting home from rally
  • This lot are about 10 mins behind the front of the march and still a lot more to come behind. #nov30 #N30
  • The BBC is reporting that the end of the main London march has only just passed the start line at Lincoln Inn Fields. "It has taken more than an hour and 10 minutes for the length of the protest line to snake past the start line and a clean-up operation has now begun."
    11/30/2011 2:42:42 PM
  • Metropolitan Police: "37 adults were arrested for breach of the peace in Hackney. A dog unit attended to support officers."
    11/30/2011 2:45:22 PM
  • Nottinghamshire Police said the industrial action has had "minimal impact" on the force. Seven employees went on strike overnight in the force control room, along with 11 detention officers in custody. By midday today, there were a total of 113 employees on strike, out of a total police staff workforce of 1,748. Only four of the force's 278 PCSOs are on strike.
    11/30/2011 2:48:28 PM
  • The march winds its way past Australia House on the Strand (Getty Images)

    11/30/2011 2:48:54 PM
  • Looks like several thousand at rally of striking public sector staff on the Embankment - UCU chief vows there'll be back in Jan...and Feb.
  • Nottinghamshire Police's targets to answer 999 and 101 calls quickly hit 100% overnight and throughout the morning, a spokeswoman for the force said.
    11/30/2011 2:50:16 PM
  • Strikers, parents and children marched down the Royal Mile in Edinburgh holding union banners before congregating between parliament and Holyrood Palace. Speakers then addressed the crowd from a double decker bus.
    11/30/2011 2:53:15 PM
  • Marchers in Glasgow (Getty Images)

    11/30/2011 2:55:27 PM
  • PA: Among the Edinburgh crowd was A&E staff nurse Sharon Edgar, who said she thought her pension and retirement deal had been agreed when she started work. Ms Edgar, 37, from Rosyth in Fife, works at St John's Hospital in Livingston, West Lothian. She took her eight-year-old daughter Bea on the rally. She said: "My little girl wants to be a nurse too. If we don't stand up now, what kind of deal will she get?"
    11/30/2011 2:55:39 PM
  • Scenes from the Royal Mile in Edinburgh (Getty Images)

    11/30/2011 2:56:50 PM
  • According to N30 news, Britain’s third biggest union the GMB signed up 10 times the usual number of members last week.
    11/30/2011 2:59:37 PM
  • N30 news also reporting that Unison are saying 1,200 people signed up on one day last week – 81% of them female.
    11/30/2011 3:00:40 PM
  • In Swansea, the rally began at the city's Guildhall and moved on to Castle Square one-and-a-half miles away. Shoppers applauded striking workers and shouted their support as the rally took around an hour to file past the city's Christmas market.
    11/30/2011 3:03:32 PM
  • Here is an updated list of the number of UK schools closed by area -
    11/30/2011 3:08:23 PM
  • General secretary of Britain's largest trade union Unison Dave Prentis addresses a rally at the NIA Birmingham this afternoon (PA)

    11/30/2011 3:10:03 PM
  • Scotland Yard says the 37 protestors detained in Dalston Lane in east London, have now been arrested on suspicion of breach of the peace.
    11/30/2011 3:11:01 PM
  • A spokesman for NHS Milton Keynes and Northamptonshire says there has been "minimal disruption" to health services.
    11/30/2011 3:11:42 PM
  • The spokesman added that Northampton General, Kettering General and Milton Keynes hospitals are all operating within contingency plans and there are no reports of strike action among staff at GP practices.
    11/30/2011 3:12:05 PM
  • The Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool, and Tyne and Wear Museums are completely closed, revealing the wide range of services affected by today's action.
    11/30/2011 3:14:05 PM
  • Attendees of the rally at Birmingham NIA applaud a speech by TUC general secretary Brendan Barber (PA)

    11/30/2011 3:17:40 PM
  • Police forces around the East Midlands region are reporting it was "business as usual", with day-to-day policing services unaffected by today's action. Just 60 Leicestershire Police staff were taking part in today's strike.
    11/30/2011 3:22:00 PM
  • Liberal Democrat MP Norman Lamb says "at the end of the day this is all being driven by the fact that we are living longer". Mr Lamb says someone has to pay for longer life expectancy.
    11/30/2011 3:23:18 PM
  • RT @StudentVoiceUK: @VeritaMag See what students think of teacher strikes - StudentVoice UK represents the views of school students.
  • The rally has now finished and people are dispersing #n30 #nov30 #strike
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