The UK has been there before and nothing is going to change the simple fact there is no money left in the pot to give Public Servants.
There has been a summer of discontent and now the country is embarking on the winter of greater discontent with close to 2 million British public sector workers going out on strike. This will be marked as the largest walkout in many decades.
The Unions - rather. their bosses - object to government plans to make their members pay more and work longer to earn their pensions. It has been a repeat of the 1926 strike action where 2 million public sector workers left their desks over the same issue - pensions. Affecting schools, hospitals, airports, ports and government offices where as many as 1,000 co-ordinated demonstrations will be out on British streets.
Airports have endured major disruptions at border controls as immigration staff join the protest.
BAA warned it could take arriving passengers up to 12 hours to clear immigration, which will have a knock-on effect on arriving and departing flights.
To avoid the disruption, some airlines cancelled flights into the UK Wednesday.
Emirates has cancelled EK029 from Dubai to London Heathrow and EK030 from London Heathrow to Dubai. Other carriers, including British Airways, Virgin Atlantic and Cathay Pacific, have been advising passengers due to land in the UK today to re-book for alternative dates to avoid the risk of lengthy queues at immigration.
The 24-hour strike disrupted courts, job centres, driving tests and council services, such as libraries, community centres and refuse collections. Highways Agency staff will be on strike, as will many Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs).
Three out of four schools in England were affected by striking teachers with the Department for Education saying it believed that more than half of England's 21,700 state schools (58%) closed, with a further 13% partially open. About 13% operated as normal, while the rest (16%) are unknown.
While the Chancellor urged that more talks should take place, he pointed out that countrywide strikes would achieve nothing but weaken the economy even further and would end up costing jobs.
The Chancellor George Osborne gave a no-nonsense speach yesterday in the House of Commons reiterating his gloomy forecasts for the future, where everyone had to tighten their belts. "It will be tough, but necessary." He said, "Much of Europe now appears to be heading into a recession caused by a chronic lack of confidence in the ability of countries to deal with their debts. We will do whatever it takes to protect Britain from this debt storm, while doing all we can to build the foundations of future growth."