Sunday, September 11, 2011

Millions set to strike in battle over pensions in November: UK

Millions of public sector workers, including teachers and Customs officials, could strike in November in the row over pensions, a union claimed yesterday.

Leaders of the Public and Commercial Services union have agreed to call a second strike, following a 24-hour walkout by civil servants and teachers in June.

Mark Serwotka, the head of the union, said he believed “millions” of public sector workers would take part in industrial action. He also suggested that the one-day stoppage would trigger other industrial action running up to Christmas.

No date has been fixed for the strike, but Mr Serwotka said it was likely to be in the middle or end of November. The Government’s pre-Budget report is being announced on Nov 29.

Officials suggested that as many as 10 unions might support the industrial action. The scale would dwarf the 24-hour stoppage in June when an estimated 200,000 went on strike.

Last night Mr Serwotka and the leaders of other public sector unions were meeting Francis Maude, the Cabinet Office minister, to discuss pension reforms. more