Workers employed by IT contractors Capita struck against a real terms pay cut at six financial companies around Britain on Friday of last week.
They are members of the Unite union.
Capita’s profits are up ten percent, as are its dividends to shareholders.
But it is imposing a pay deal that would award 90 percent of workers a below-inflation rise, and over a third of them as little as 1.1 percent.
Pickets were in good spirits at the Friends Life Centre in Bristol (pictured), where 600 Capita workers had been called out to strike for the first time.
Some of those picketing had signed up to the union the previous day so they could join the strike.
Workers also walked out in Belfast, Birmingham, Bournemouth, Glasgow, Manchester, Reading and Stirling.