Massive strike in the UK for the day of the presentation of the budget by the government
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Hundreds of thousands of people, teachers, London Underground drivers, doctors, civil servants, are on strike across the UK on Wednesday, demanding pay rises on the same day the Conservative government unveils its annual budget.
It is one of the most important days of action for months in the country which is facing a wave of social movements. Britons are facing soaring food and energy prices as inflation remains above 10%.
In London, the Underground came to a virtual standstill on Wednesday , the drivers of the “Tube” having ceased work.
Teachers are also on strike in England. They will continue their movement on Thursday.
The hospital doctors, who started their action on Monday, have still not returned to their posts.
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Tens of thousands of civil servants are forced to go to food banks while others have to “skip meals”, said on Sky News Mark Serwotka, the general secretary of PCS, the first union in the sector.
“It's a real scandal,” he criticized. “It is a shame for the government to have such a level of poverty in the public service,” added the trade unionist.
“I see these men and women who have dedicated their lives to service public (…) who must now apply for social assistance, “he said again.
A demonstration must take place in the middle of the day in the district of Westminster, where the Chancellor of the 'Exchequer Jeremy Hunt will unveil his budget to Parliament.
Mr. In particular, Hunt must present measures to help parents sometimes forced to reduce their professional activity because of the exorbitant cost of childcare, and to encourage older workers to remain in the labor force.