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Three pronged attack on public sector workers

Issue No. 2029

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.


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