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Strike set to hit business and air Travel

Parents and travellers are among those facing disruption on Thursday as up to 750,000 teachers, lecturers and civil servants stage a one-day strike over pension reforms, while business leaders warn that the dispute threatens to undermine productivity.

The UK Border Agency said travellers could face airport delays when passport officers walk out. The government expects a third of schools in England and Wales to be closed, and an­other third partially closed.

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The British Chambers of Commerce said disruption would lead to many parents having to take the day off to look after their children, costing them pay and hitting productivity.

Downing Street said it expected about one-fifth of civil servants to strike, although disruption could be heavier because of the impact of school closures. Some civil servants had been encouraged to bring their children to work.

Courts and job centres would be affected, but were expected to remain open, while benefit claimants were expected to be largely unaffected: 98 per cent of benefits are paid directly into bank accounts.

The government has contingency plans to maintain controls at borders by re­deploying management and staff to frontline posts.

David Cameron says some unions have acted irresponsibly by striking while talks are still under way.

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