Tens of thousands of British civil service employees have walked off the job to protest government plans to reduce its workforce by 100,000 over the next several years.
The strike, the largest in a decade, disrupted services at museums as well as unemployment and customs offices.
Union officials say about 200,000 government workers joined the walkout. They expressed hope the strike will convince the government to give up its plans to cut jobs.
But British officials say they will press ahead with the reforms.