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Civil servants go on strike over pay and conditions

Thousands of civil servants have begun a 48 hour strike which will affect places like courts, job centres, benefit offices and emergency call centres.

Jo Coburn explains the background before, Nick McCarthy from the Public and Commercial Services Union, Miles Templeman from the Institute of Directors and former Employment Minister Tony McNulty give their views.

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