UK - Public sector unions are warning of industrial action unless the government scraps plans to increase the retirement age of workers.
The threats – spearheaded by the Public & Commercial Services union and Unison – follow an 11th hour meeting at the TUC to discuss ways of defeating the controversial proposals.
The government wants the retirement age for all future public service workers to be increased from 60 to 65 by the end of 2006. But unions believe the changes will hit certain groups of public sector workers disproportionately.
PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka first raised the prospect of employers being hit by a series of coordinated strikes at its annual conference earlier this month. And now Unison has thrown its weight behind the PCS’s cause.
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