TEN thousand protestors joined a co-ordinated one-day strike in Oxfordshire on January 22, 1979.

The strikers joined simultaneous action led by 1.5m manual workers in the public services.

It was the UK Government's pay policy which was the target of campaigners ire, and which led to school closures, hospital cancellations and many local services at a standstill.

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School caretakers, nurses, and many low-paid manual labourers were all out demonstrating as part of the National Union of Public Employees-led action.

Streets were left un-cleaned and hospital patients - except for emergency's - were left un-transported.

Numerous pickets lines were set up at various public institutions during the strikes.

Pictured are union members at Oxford Town Hall.