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National Archives employees 'ready for strike action'

Employees at the organisation are willing to protest over public sector pay freezes.

13 October 2011

Workers at Kew National Archives are preparing for strike action ahead of November 30th.

Employees are unhappy with proposed changes to public sector pay and pensions and are therefore willing to take to the picket line over the issue, the Richmond and Twickenham Times reports.

Unless union bargaining can find a resolution to the problem, they will be part of nationwide industrial action.

Public and Commercial Services Union general secretary Mark Serwotka noted cuts from the government represent an "unprecedented assault on our job security, pensions and pay".

"We can either accept life is tough ... or we can say we're going to stop them raiding our pensions," he added.

National Archives workers took part in the previous walkout held on July 30th.

Figures recently released by the Office for National Statistics has found unemployment is up to 2.57 million - the highest it has been in 17 years.

Posted by David Gleck

Source: Richmond and Twickenham Times, October 12th

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