"Today you made history. Every single UNISON member supporting the day of action has played their part in this fantastic day.
"UNISON members, mostly women, many low-paid and many taking strike action for the first time ever - stood up and said, with quiet resolve, enough is enough.
"Our members work every day of every year to provide the services our communities rely on. Many work behind the scenes in schools, hospitals, town halls, libraries and a thousand other workplaces unseen by the media and politicians.
"But today they made their presence felt and their voices heard throughout the UK.