The British public is witnessing the largest public protest of a generation with nearly 2 million public sector workers going on strike on Wednesday. This is considered the biggest public strike in the country since the general strike of 1979.
On Wednesday, more than 1,000 demonstrations are expected across the country, as part of the strike, which will disrupt the normal functioning of schools, hospitals, airports and other government offices.
It has already drawn criticism from the government and the talks with the unions are still on. Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude branded the action "indefensible and wrong," while Downing Street called for more talks as the strike would achieve nothing.
"While discussions are continuing, I would urge public sector workers to look at the offer for themselves rather than listening to the rhetoric of their union leaders," the BBC quoted Francis Maude, as saying.
The Labour members also did not see the public sector strike as the right way to attend the issues of the government employees. "We do not support the strike because a strike is a sign of failure," the shadow chief secretary of the treasury, Rachel Reeves, told the BBC's Newsnight.
Widespread disruptions are expected in all types of services on Wednesday. Most of the airlines across the globe have already started cancelling or rescheduling their flights to Heathrow as they expect huge delays for clearance. The UK Border Agency has also warned that there could be delays at border control.