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Strike negotiations to prevent summer of protests?

Unless union bargaining can prove successful, millions of people may go on strike in the UK.

05 July 2011

Without strike negotiations, there is a chance that up to three million workers could take to the picket line in the UK over the summer.

This is according to Derry Trades Council secretary Liam Gallagher, who told the Belfast Telegraph that many civil servants do not get big wage packets.

He added a number of unions are to meet throughout July to discuss the possibility of nationwide industrial action.

The Public and Commercial Service Union's (PCS) regional committee chairman Barney Lawn observed staff have showed their loyalty to the protests.

"This is more than pensions. It is to do with the government saying they are cutting 490,000 civil service and public sector jobs," Mr Lawn stated.

If union bargaining fails to bring the issue to a resolution, individuals could be in for a summer of protests.

Last Thursday (June 30th), PCS was one of four organisations that went on strike over proposed changes to pension contributions.

Posted by Ken Hayes
 

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