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Govt likely to face strike negotiations, Unison warns

Strike negotiations are likely to be necessary between public sector workers and the government.

22 June 2011

The UK government looks set to have to enter into strike negotiations with millions of public sector workers unless it changes its current plans for pension reform, it has emerged.

Yesterday (June 21st), Dave Prentis - general secretary of Unison, a trade union body with more than 1.3 million members nationwide - indicated the Conservative-Liberal Democrat alliance will need to take part in union bargaining in the coming weeks.

Speaking at the organisation's national conference, Mr Prentice stated that members of Unison are extremely unhappy with the administration's plans to decrease pension benefits by 50 per cent as this represents "daylight robbery".

"If your intervention last week was designed to enrage our members and increase the chances of a strike - it worked,” he told the government.

He added that workers should "prepare for action", as "strike action will need to be sustained" while public and political campaigns are intensified.

Posted by Ron Maverick

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