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Austerity Protests Hit the UK

The United Kingdom was shaken by one of the biggest strikes in a generation on Nov. 30. An estimated two million public-sector workers across the country walked out of their jobs for 24 hours to protest government changes to their pensions.

Teachers, hospital workers, immigration officers, and other civil servants demonstrated over the coalition government’s plans to increase the cost of pensions, while at the same time raising the retirement age.

The British government has argued that with people living longer it is necessary for workers in the public sector to pay more.

Click ahead to see some of the scenes from the action, which unions are warning could be the start of a long struggle.

By Bianca Schlotterbeck
Posted 2 December 2011

Photo: Ben Stanstall / AFP/ Getty Images