Teachers, firefighters, council workers and civil servants are among those taking part in today's public sector strike.
A number of schools are closed or partially open today across Bournemouth, Poole, Christchurch, East Dorset and Purbeck.
Many council services are set to be disrupted by the one-day walkout with trade unionists set to protest outside the Local Government Association conference in Bournemouth.
Bournemouth's council leader John Beesley had criticised the strike and said there would have to be more job losses if higher pay was approved nationally.
Refuse and recycling collections are suspended in Poole today and residents have been advised not to put their bins out
Firefighters are on strike until 7pm tonight