400,000 public sector workers to go on strike
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Around 400,000 public sector workers will be going on 24-hour strike tomorrow (Thursday 10 May) in protest over government pension plans.

The workers are in protest over government plans, which will see public sector employees work until the age of 68, paying much more into their pension pots but receiving smaller pensions.

Union members from the Public and Commercial Services union (PCS), Unite, University and College Union, Northern Ireland Public Services Alliance and the Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) will all be involved in the strike.

This involves workers across the civil service including job centres and tax offices, colleges and universities, and members of the Royal Fleet Auxillary.

The protest follows last November’s strikes, which saw 1.5 million public sector workers involved in the industrial action.

Gail Cartmail, Assistant General Secretary, Unite, says:  “Tomorrow’s industrial action will build on the high level of anger that was on display during the 30 November strikes.

“This anger has been increased by the government’s hardline insistence that public sector employees work longer, pay more and receive less when they eventually retire.

“We call on the coalition to heed the lessons of last week’s local elections and enter into genuine and meaningful talks with the unions.

 

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