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Govt 'should stick to Plan A in strike negotiations'

An expert has said the government should stand by its proposed public sector pension plans.

30 June 2011

Strike negotiations are needed urgently if Britain's public finances are to become sustainable in the short and long-term future, an expert has suggested.

Today (June 30th), around 750,000 professionals in the public sector have downed tools in protest over the government's proposed pension reforms.

And according to Miles Templeman, director-general at the Institute of Directors (IoD), "immediate pension reform" is essential due to the effect such industrial action is having on the country's economic prospects.

Mr Templeman insisted the public sector pensions are "unaffordable in their current form", meaning the government is set to need strike negotiations to resolve this issue sooner rather than later.

With this in mind, he noted that the administration should not backtrack on its plans, as doing so would represent a "disaster".

However, earlier this week Mark Serwotka, general secretary of the Public and Communication Services Union said the coalition has "shown no interest in actually negotiating".

Posted by Edel Quinn

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