STRIKES: Thousands of teachers and healthcare workers take action over fair pay and conditions - pictures

Thousands of education and health workers have today taken part in strike action.

Four teaching unions took part in a half-day strike over pay - their first walkout in six years - with most schools closing until midday.

For health and public service unions, Unite, Unison, Nipsa and GMB, this is further action in a pay dispute.

Teachers, nurses, ambulance and hospital staff have been taking to picket lines.