Unions say up to two million public sector workers are to take part in the strike today.
Speaking from Brussels, Chancellor George Osborne told BBC Breakfast:
"The strike is not going to achieve anything, it's not going to change anything. It is only going to make our economy weaker and potentially cost jobs.
So when the Royals declare a national holiday in 2012 and shut everything down, this won't affect the economy. But if the people do it to save their pensions and demand better conditions then the economy will become weaker.How does that work?
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