Adaption of a piece wrote about the public sector strike.

National strike portrayed by Government as a ‘damp squib’. A strike that was joined by a total of two million public sector workers was seen as ‘historic’. David Cameron told the Commons that the “irresponsible and damaging” action was definitely not supported as he defended the Government’s Pension plans. Officials from 30 unions boasted about the amount of support from some organisations. Len McCluskey, leader of unite reported that the protests revealed the resentment that public sector workers held against the pension plans. Yet the strike didn’t seem to affect Heathrow airport. Passengers said that their border controls were “better than usual”. Union officials had made accusations toward the government. Stating that they had been “ramping up” possible airport disruption. Colin Matthews, chief executive of airport operator BAA, said – “The whole airport community working together the past few days we now have more immigration officers on duty and fewer passengers arriving than would otherwise be the case. Putting us in a better place to avoid serious delays and widespread disruption at Heathrow that were projected last week”. Other public sectors such as the department of health told the NHS they must not discharge statistics regarding staff on strike, cancelled operations or appointments. Christina McAnea, head of health at Unison, said: it is outrageous that the department of Health are desperately trying to hide the fact that the NHS services are being disrupted across the UK. London ambulance services are also revealing that 42% of staff was on strike, under “increased pressure” after receiving 30% more 999 calls. The strike also closed over three quarters of schools in England. Primary school teacher Teresa Hughes said: Teachers like me are having to work more for less. “I don’t think anyone wanted to go on strike, and we don’t take a decision like this lightly”. Alex Mackenzie, of the CSP also said: No-one wanted to strike, but our members felt we had to take a stand.


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