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Public sector workers back mass strike over pensions. Up to 750,000 public sector workers will hold a co-ordinated strike later this month after members of a third major union backed industrial action. The TUC and Unison are likely to hold ballots and expect it to become a major dispute with long term industrial action accross our public services.

The strikes are in protest at proposed changes to public sector pensions. Dave Prentis of Unison said there had been hardly any real progress and he thought his members would vote for strike action if a ballot was called

In order to try to reduce the rising cost of public sector pensions, the government is seeking a 3% increase in employee pension contributions, which amounts to a doubling for many public sector staff.

Unions say that plans under discussion also include reducing pension benefits and expecting staff to work for longer.

But the government said public sector workers would continue to get a guaranteed pension level – something, it said, “very few private sector employers still offer”.

More from the BBC.

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