Thousands of union workers to protest today


by Newswire    
8:45 am - May 10th 2012

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Thousands of public sector employees will be taking industrial action across the country today against the unrelenting onslaught on their pensions by the government.

Workers in the NHS and the Ministry of Defence and government departments – members of Unite, the UK’s largest union – will be joining other union members in nationwide protests which will feature a lunchtime rally at London’s Methodist Central Hall addressed by Unite’s General Secretary, Len McCluskey.

Unite believes that the coalition’s sustained attack on public sector pensions – which have seen the average Unite NHS member paying an extra £30-a-month in contributions – is part of a wider attack on the public sector, which includes privatisation of the health service, the introduction of regional pay and the continuing erosion of pay levels.

The unions’ action comes in the week that Unite, the Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union and the National Union of Teachers (NUT) launched their 68 is too late campaign to increase public awareness of the impact of raising the age when people will receive the state pension.

A comprehensive list of the actions Unite members are taking part in tomorrow can be found here.

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