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Industrial action threatened over health workers' pensions

Industrial action has been threatened by one union.

06 April 2011

The government has been threatened with industrial action over changes to the pension system of workers in the healthcare sector.

Dave Prentis, general secretary of trade union Unison, informed attendees from the industry at a conference in Liverpool that they had the full backing of the organisation.

He claimed a move by the coalition to place some parts of the NHS under the control of private companies was both "unethical" and "immoral".

Union bargaining could be prompted after Mr Prentis asserted that Unison would do "everything in its power" to combat this privatisation.

"I want this conference to make it clear that if they try to take away our pension schemes, we will gear our union up for industrial action and we will stop them," he said.

Last month, Unison urged British Waterways to return to strike negotiations over changes to the ways in which its employees' pension schemes work.

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