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Strike negotiations fail to stop protests

Unions and the government could not come to a resolution and so people are taking to the picket line.

29 June 2011

Failure between the government and unions to come to an agreement during strike negotiations has resulted in major industrial action in the UK today (June 30th).

Unite assistant general secretary Gail Cartmail noted that throughout the talks, officials from the Conservative-Liberal Democrat alliance were still looking people to "pay more and work longer".

Because of this, an agreement was unlikely to be found and now the next few months could bring a series of protests over proposed pension changes.

"Unite intends to work hard to try to reach a settlement which is acceptable to our members," Ms Cartmail remarked, adding that she expects discussions to go on past June.

One proposal that unions are still unhappy about is the decision to change inflation linkage from retail price index to consumer price index.

Unite general secretary Len McCluskey added that prime minister David Cameron has to set about building trust up with local government workers.

Posted by Ron Maverick

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