Labour declared war on local government workers last week by rushing out new plans for pensions which will mean workers paying more for a worse scheme.
Some 1.5 million workers face a three-pronged offensive early next year: their pensions will be savaged, “single status deals” which are meant to bring equality will mean many workers losing thousands of pounds, and Gordon Brown is pressing for a pay settlement of 2 percent or less—effectively a wage cut.
Union leaders have reacted angrily to their disdainful treatment by ministers. Twelve unions—including Unison, T&G, GMB and Amicus—plan a local government strike ballot early in the new year.
Battles over single status are taking place in key councils.
If there is a fightback by local government, it could fuse with strikes by civil service workers. Here those at the frontline of the struggle explain the issues.