UK - Unison, the union which represents 800, 000 local authority workers, has used its annual conference to threaten strike action unless the government withdraws proposal to raise the retirement age by five years and move from final to career average benefits.
General secretary, Dave Prentis, said: I promise the government we will take strike action across all sectors and with our sister unions to defend our pensions. We're a strong union, a united union.
The conference also called on the government to end pensions discrimination for low-paid women workers. It said that less than 12% of women receive a full state pension and many did not benefit from occupational pensions because career breaks meant they had a broken contributions record. According to Unison a quarter of women pensioners live in poverty.
Prentis urged delegates to prepare for the fight ahead, warning: If the regulations are not withdrawn we will not negotiate. We will move to a ballot on strike action.
The conference also called on the union to organise a campaign amongst MPs, to urge them to stop the government from imposing detrimental changes to pensions schemes.
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