Nearly two million British public sector workers, opposed to government pension cuts, will embark on a 24-hour general strike.
Wednesday's strike including immigration officers, teachers, garbage collectors, firefighters and other public sector workers will be the largest since 1979's 'Winter of Discontent'.
Motivated by pension reform, which they say will require them to work longer before receiving a pension and contribute higher amounts each month to the account, as many as two million people could stay home from their jobs today. Austerity measures are also one of the catalysts of this strike. On Tuesday Downing Street extended a cap on public sector pay raises through to 2014.
Al Jazeera's Laurence Lee reports from London.