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Britain braces for one million strong strike

Published on Jul 10, 2014 7:40 AM
A worker walks past a picture of the London skyline outside the sales office of a property development in central on London July 2, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (AFP) - Britain prepared for one million public sector workers to strike over salary freezes and spending cuts on Thursday, as the prime minister vowed to change the law to limit strikes.

Teachers, civil servants, firefighters and transport workers among others are expected to mount picket lines and march across London to protest the policies of the Conservative-led coalition government.

Prime Minister David Cameron said he would include a pledge to impose minimum turnout thresholds on strike ballots in his manifesto for the 2015 election.

“I don’t think these strikes are right... I think people should turn up for work,” Mr Cameron said, adding that the decision by one union to strike was based on a vote with 27 per cent turnout.

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