Bank of England workers wore Mark Carney masks and mounted a picket line today as they went on their first strike in more than 50 years today.
Members of the Unite union working in departments including maintenance and security have walked out for three days from this morning in London after the breakdown of talks aimed at resolving a dispute over pay.
The union, which is protesting at the imposition of a below-inflation pay rise, blamed Bank of England governor Mr Carney for the failure of last ditch talks held at the conciliation service Acas.
A protest was held outside the Bank's headquarters in the City of London, when staff wore masks in a demonstration which was joined by Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell.
Bank of England staff wear masks in a demonstration this morning which was joined by Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell
Protesters hold up masks of the Bank of England governor Mark Carney as they begin a three-day strike over pay today
The Bank of England workers were going on their first strike in more than 50 years today in the City of London
Mr McDonnell (left) makes a speech using a megaphone as members of the Unite union demonstrate outside the Bank today
A protester outside the Bank of England holds a placard and wears a mask of Mr Carney as the three-day strike begins
Members of the Unite union working in departments including maintenance and security are walking out for three days
Unite accused the Bank of imposing a 'derisory' below inflation pay increase for the second year running. Up to a third of staff will get no pay rise this year, according to the union.
Unite official Peter Kavanagh said: 'The governor of the Bank of England must