NEW YORK (
) -- As many as 2 million workers across various sectors in Britain were on strike Wednesday protesting potential pension changes.
Negotiations between the government and unions fell through a few days before the strike,
One union, Unison, told
it anticipates its 400,000 members in the national health service to strike. This number doesn't include emergency workers.
British Finance Minister George Osbourne announced a pay raise cap of 1% for two years for public sector employees after the current pay freeze is over.
"Public servants are no longer being asked to make a temporary sacrifice but accept a permanent deep cut in their living standards that will add up to over 16% by 2015 when you include pay and pension contributions," Trades Union Congress general secretary Brendan Barber told
-- Written by Alexandra Zendrian
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