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Union bargaining to prevent public sector strikes?

Individuals are to be balloted about whether to take strike action.

24 October 2011

Public sector workers are set to be balloted about whether or not they want to pursue strike action.

Among the bodies who are asking their members about the situation are the Trades Union Congress, FDA and the University and College Union, the Press Association reports.

At the heart of the problem is the government's decision to increase their pension provisions by 3.2 per cent and so union bargaining may be required to prevent protests.

Sally Hunt, general secretary of the University and College Union, told the news provider, said: "Much nonsense has been spun about gold-plated pensions and the scheme's affordability."

She added there is still no "proper valuation" of the scheme and so increases should not be made.

A day of action is to be arranged for November 30th and there could be millions present.

It comes after PricewaterhouseCooper predicted up to 600,000 public sector jobs could go in the next four years.

Posted by Edel Quinn

Source: Press Association, October 24th

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