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TUC 'ready to co-ordinate pension strikes'

The TUC is ready to facilitate strikes over public pension reforms.

09 September 2011

Strike negotiations appear to be inevitable over prospective reforms to the public pensions scheme, an industry specialist has said.

In an interview with the Guardian, Brendan Barber - general secretary of the Trades Union Congress (TUC), a representative body with more then six million members - stated his organisation is "prepared and ready" to arrange industrial action should negotiations regarding these possible alterations stall.

Mr Barber indicated that the TUC has a "responsibility" to co-ordinate trade unions wishing to strike due to this issue.

He went on to describe the government's decision to try and obtain increased pension contributions along with a two-year pay freeze as "provocative" and "just a grab for money", meaning he is "not sure" whether or not a compromise will be reached in the near future.

Meanwhile, Mark Serwotka, leader of the Public and Commercial Services union, has indicated that industrial action because of this problem could result in millions of people striking.

Posted by Ron Maverick 

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