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TUC extends union bargaining with govt

The body has agreed to extend talks with the government over the pension dispute.

20 July 2011

The Trades Union Congress (TUC) has agreed to extend union bargaining with the government over the issue of public sector pensions.

According to the organisation, discussions will continue both centrally and with individual bodies as they seek to find an agreement.

If a resolution cannot be found, then strike negotiations could be required to prevent further walkouts, after a mass protest in June from teachers.

One of the reasons that people are unhappy is the decision to change the indexation on pensions from retail prices index to consumer prices index.

"In agreeing to continue negotiations ... unions have not agreed to or accepted any of the government's objectives," the TUC observed.

General secretary of the union Brendan Barber recently stated bonuses paid to workers in the City are still far too high, as a "small clique of super-rich bankers" are getting 40 per cent of all add-ons in the UK.

Posted by Ron Maverick

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