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Health workers prepare for pensions fight

Unison has revealed it is prepared for industrial action.

07 April 2011

Health workers are gearing up to fight proposed changes to the NHS pension scheme.

Members of the Unison Union unanimously agreed to join their counterparts in other fields and trade organisations to defend their post-retirement income as part of an emergency motion.

The body initiated a campaign to protest against the alterations and could prompt strike negotiations after revealing they were willing to resort to industrial action "if necessary".

Christina McAnea, Unison's national secretary for health, noted that union bargaining with the government is ongoing but claimed her organisation was planning "for the worst".

"We won't be apologetic or defensive about defending our members' interests because what makes the NHS the prized service it is is the staff, who make the miracle of the NHS happen every day," she said.

This comes shortly after Unison general secretary Dave Prentis told a healthcare conference in Liverpool that industrial action would be initiated if the coalition attempted to "take away" pension schemes in the sector.

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