Commenting on today's strike action, Mark Littlewood, Director General of the Institute of Economic Affairs, said:
"Today's strike is a protest by the privileged and the protected. Public sector pay is higher than private sector pay. Public sector job security is far higher. Public sector pension provision is enormously more generous than can even be dreamt of by many workers in the private sector.
"The government's proposed reforms are incredibly mild.
"Those taking industrial action today aren't merely causing substantial disruption to millions of people - they also expect those very same people to continue to pay for their excessive pensions arrangements.
"If the unions' demands are met it would mean a further transfer of funds from the relativ