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Up To 2 Million Go On Strike In Britain Over Pension Reform

A picketer stands outside City Hall in central London.
Up to two million public sector workers in Britain went a 24-hour strike on November 30 to protest government plans to reform the country's pension system.

In what unions said was the biggest strike in three decades, only one school in 10 in England was fully open, hospitals were operating with a skeleton staff and local authority services were paralyzed.

The workers are protesting reforms that unions say will force workers to pay more for their pensions and to work longer before they can retire.

The government says the reforms are needed because people are living longer, and government budgets cannot afford current public service pensions.

British Prime Minister David Cameron has condemned the strike as "irresponsible" and urged unions to continue negotiations.

compiled from agency reports