A dozen people have gathered outside mile end station with plans to go and picket at a local job centre. The mood is quietly optimistic with predominantly queen mary students.
And we're live for #j30. Welcome to the Elephant Student Media liveblog for today's protest and mass-strike around the UKy. We're covering the event as it unfolds from London; we'll be at pickets across the capital in the morning, the students and strikers march at 11am, finishing in parliament square a little later, but we'll be out until everything has subsided. There's lots to look forward to so please follow us on twitter and use the share link to the right of this page.
Sunny day for #strike Britain. Predicted maximum temperature of 21C in London #j30
Amanda Bentham from Tower Hamlets Hands off our public services (HOOPS) on today's strike action: "We are proud to support all those publc sector workers striking today to save their pensions. We are being told to pay for the bankers crisis and an attack on pensions is an attack on public services. We will fight to win."
The group from Queen Mary has stopped outside Tower Hamlets Professional Development Centre awaiting more arrivals before moving on.
Caroline Lucas, the only green MP, is joining the rally in her home constituency of Brighton. Announced on twitter this morning, Caroline stated she would not be breaking the picket previously photographed, stating "Fair pensions are worth fighting for".
On a side note, I'm really glad we decided against calling this morning's action"Breakfast For The Alternative".
People crossing the picket line at the local job centre are being met with dissaproving groans and intense tutting.
Unkind word exchange between protesters at Dod Street and members of the public try to park at the Jobcentre #j30 #strike
At this early stage the public seems to be less than accommodating to the demands and feelings of the early-bird strikers, simple attempts at blocking a car park ended in an aggravated exchange
Staff from Dod street Job Centre come out to meet the strikers An exchange of different opinions is ensuing, "Some strike and some just don't" says one staff member.
"Stand up for what you believe in, stand up for your rights" protesters having friendly conversation with Jobcentre workers #j30 #strike
8.40am: An Atkins company worker tells protesters that he believes the cuts could be a positive move, outside Euston Tower. "You say 'cut back', we say 'fight back'" can be heard from the crowd.
The Beeb have arrived at Euston Square following an argument between PCS supporter Clare and a cut-supporting private sector worker.
Protesters Moving. Off to mile end station to join the rest of the protest. In small group of maybe 15-20, humble beginnings, quiet conversation and quiet confidence.
The group from Queen Mary are moving from the job centre to Mile End station to meet with a few more people
Protesters discuss the discrepancies in approval rate according to the media. "It depends how you word the question" they complain #j30
A few honks in support of #j30 as cars rolls past Hackney Community College. One protester quips: "Little bit of solidarity there, lovely"
9.20am: The leader of the tax collectors' strike in Egypt speaks through an interpreter, encouraging people to speak out across the globe against exploitation.
'I'm here against the cuts. The tories are trying to destroy everything. I'm concerned about the future for my pupils and my son' maths teacher Tracey outside Hackney Community College, part closed today..
'People think public sector pensions are generous but they really aren't. And that's the current system. I don't want to work longer, pay more and get less. How are they going to attract the best graduates into the profession?' Sarah (teacher), Hackney Community College..
Morning all. I'll be manning the live blog for most of today. If you've got any comments or content that you want to send in, best thing is to @ me on Twitter, I'm @JosephStash, or leave a comment on the live blog.
9.30am: Representatives for UK Uncut, the Islington Pensioners' Forum and the RMC Union share their views with a crowd of around 60 protesters.