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Public sector pension protest

  • The biggest strike for over 30 years got under way today with schools, hospitals, courts, transport and government hit by a walkout involving up to two million workers.

    - Here's a guide to how the strikes may affect you
    - Kevin Rawlinson: Brendan Barber 'regrets strike disruption' -
    - Paul Peachey on how the Stephen Lawrence trial is the only case of sanctioned strike-breaking in Britain today.
    - Jonathan Brown on Solidaritea volunteers supporting strikers in York
    - Follow our live coverage below and leave a comment with your thoughts.
    11/30/2011 8:55:07 AM
  • .@Ldn_Ambulance have just tweeted this: "We have asked unions to encourage their members to return to work as normal".
  • what is it, what does it do? #n30 #pantonhouse#ukuncut

    11/30/2011 4:57:34 PM
  • Police bringing "speakers" into the Panton Street area. People on the ground claim protesters near the speakers are being moved away.
    11/30/2011 4:59:01 PM
  • Earlier, the London Ambulance Service said it is under "increased pressure", with 30% more 999 calls today than normal.
    11/30/2011 5:01:07 PM
  • The incident in Panton St was isolated & is not related to the march and rally earlier which passed off peacefully #nov30 #n30
  • The Met Police has confirmed that the Panton Street protest was "isolated" and unrelated to the pension protests.
    11/30/2011 5:03:22 PM
  • RT @CourtA Police bringing in the projector! #PantonHouse #OccupyLondon
  • Is it staff or protesters coming out of Peston House? Judging by the fact they didn't chant my guess is they were staff #Nov30
  • Reporter Kevin Rawlinson is on the ground at Panton Street. He says police have wheeled in a digital messageboard which reads "we fear an imminent breach of the peace."
    11/30/2011 5:08:28 PM
  • The moment protesters stormed Panton House (AP)

    11/30/2011 5:10:37 PM
  • "Eric Pickles Ate My Pension" banner. #n30 #unison

    11/30/2011 5:10:50 PM
  • The LED sign is now saying those in the Panton Street kettle can be released, although the queue at the exit is still not moving. Some protesters in the kettle have been told they will not be arrested.
    11/30/2011 5:11:53 PM
  • Police man the cordon outside Panton House in front of an LED screen, which is now saying that kettled protesters can be released (AFP)

    11/30/2011 5:23:23 PM
  • Undercover police in the Panton Street kettle appear to have left. Our source in the crowd says at least 5 were hounded out. They're not too subtle, he was told.
    11/30/2011 5:25:05 PM
  • RT @Chrissie72: Realised what a good job council workers do - much more litter on the streets today. #n30
  • Well done & thank you to every UCU member who walked out today & #solidarity to all workers taking action tonight #ucu #n30 #notadampsquib
  • Our reporter Charlie Cooper on how Whitehall was affected by today's strikes:
    11/30/2011 5:38:53 PM
  • Police try to clear Panton House (AP)

    11/30/2011 5:38:58 PM
  • Our source inside the Panton House kettle has been told that police are taking details, including addresses, from the trickle of people being released.
    11/30/2011 5:42:23 PM
  • And here's Charlie Cooper again, this time on how today's walkout affected London's cultural centres, including the National Gallery -
    11/30/2011 5:46:47 PM
  • Xstrata - the company whose HQ was targeted by the Panthon House protesters have released a statement. A spokeswoman for the company said: "All executive pay is approved by the company's shareholders and is linked to company and individual performance. Last year Xstrata delivered its second best financial performance since inception, with an 86% increase in profits, record cost savings, improved safety performance and total shareholder returns substantially greater than the FTSE 100 average."
    11/30/2011 5:49:46 PM
  • Earlier Occupy London issued a statement identifying Xstrata CEO Mick Davies as the target of the protest. They said "he was the highest compensated CEO of all the FTSE 100 companies in the last year, when his companies had losses and the economy collapsed. He received £18,426,105 for his efforts."
    11/30/2011 5:51:17 PM
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