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Strike negotiations require government flexibility

Public sector unions want the government to make some concessions in the pension debate.

01 August 2011

The government has to show flexibility in the coming strike negotiations in order to avoid industrial action.

This is according to Trades Union Congress general secretary Brendan Barber, who noted unless officials show they are "genuinely listening", protests are likely.

Widespread demonstrations have already been held about plans to hike pension contributions and many more thousands may take to the picket line if union bargaining does not bring about a resolution.

"The proposed increases, along with other changes the government wants to make to public sector pensions, present the individual schemes ... with a hugely difficult agenda," Mr Barber remarked.

He stated that the move - coupled with a pay freeze and a reduction in the standard of living - is going to affect millions of workers.

National secretary for public services at GMB Brian Strutton recently noted the government's plans for the pension market is the final straw for employees.

Posted by Ken Hayes

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