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Strike negotiations to ease public sector displeasure?

Workers are not happy about proposals to alter public sector pensions.

29 July 2011

Continued strike negotiations are required in order to stop co-ordinated protests from public sector workers over pensions.

This is because Brian Strutton, national secretary for public services at GMB, has noted the Treasury's announcement on increased contributions is the final straw.

He stated employees are seeing their standard of living continually getting worse because of the "assault" on pay.

"These workers cannot take a pay freeze for another year. Neither can they afford cuts in pay to meet higher pensions contributions to ease Treasury finances," Mr Strutton observed.

Union bargaining may now occur as the government seeks to find some common ground with GMB, Unison, Unite and others.

Mr Strutton continued by saying that officials are going back on a pledge they made about what would happen to over £1,100 billion pounds paid in by NHS workers teachers and civil servants.

GMB represents nearly 610,000 workers across a range of different professions.

Posted by Ken Hayes

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