Northern Ireland trade unions are on strike today, which is causing disruption to public transport services and other areas of the public sector.
Among the striking bodies, public transport provider Translink has announced it will not operate any bus or train services during the action. The BBC reports that this has led to roads across Northern Ireland to become clogged and mired with disruption.
The strike follows the Stormont House Agreement and the budget announcement that unions feel will see austerity measures drain funding from many facets of the public sector, as well as the culling of some 20,000 jobs across the country. The BBC adds that unions have fallen out of favour with the potential sale of public assets and more.
Meanwhile, the Irish Times reports that trains between Dundalk and Belfast have also halted as part of the union action, and adds that over 60,000 public sector workers have now taken part in the strike.
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