The single biggest day of industrial action in over a decade took place in Britain today as up to half a million workers joined picket lines to demand better working conditions and inflation-busting pay rises.

Teachers, university staff, bus and train drivers and civil servants, including border force staff, all participated in “Walkout Wednesday”.

It was the first day of strike action this year for civil servants. An estimated 100,000 of them across 124 government departments took part, bolstered by a PCS union survey which found that one in 12 civil servants use food banks and one in 10 signed up to Universal Credit in 2022. Data released by the Cabinet Office last year found that civil servants are quitting the profession at the highest rate in a decade.