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9 July 2014, 09:40
There are demonstrations in Peterborough, Cambridge and Wisbech on Thursday, as more than a million public sector staff strike.
Groups including teachers, council workers and firefighters are walking out in protest at pay offers of around one per cent.
A new report says public sector workers are £2,200 worse off per year on average since the coalition came to power.
Trade union group the TUC is blaming below-inflation pay rises, and in some cases total freezes.
A Government spokesperson said: "The Government recognises and greatly values the contribution of public sector workers.
The difficult decisions we have taken on public sector pay restraint since 2010 have saved around £12 billion, helping maintain front line services and thousands of public sector jobs, while still protecting the low paid.''
The strike action is expected to lead to schools being closed or disrupted.
In Peterborough, 62 schools are currently expected to be open as usual, seven will be closed and 10 will be partially closed.
Peterborough City Councillor John Holdich, Deputy Leader of the Council and Cabinet Member for Education Skills and University, said: "We are doing all that we can to ensure that services are able to continue as usual on Thursday.
We have written to all our schools asking how they will be affected on the day of the strike and we are liaising with managers in all areas of the council to find out ahead of the day how services will be affected.
This is so that we can let residents know in good time of any changes which may affect them."