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Strike negotiations to avert UK industrial action?

Unions are talking to the government as they consider going on strike.

27 June 2011

Strike negotiations are to be used to try and prevent the UK being affected by industrial action.

With a number of unions preparing to join the picket line on June 30th in a row over pay and pensions changes, talks are underway to stop it from happening.

Union bargaining may be able to bring the problem to a resolution and schools will not have to be closed.

Norman Smith, chief political correspondent with BBC Radio 4, noted that there is "little desire on either side for a show-down".

"Both sides therefore have a strong incentive - for the time being - to keep on talking," he added.

Mr Smith continued by saying that unions are aware of how tricky it is to hold a sustained strike.

The Association of Teachers and Lecturers has agreed to take action for the first time in its history over the issue to change pension plans.

Posted by David Gleck

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