Local government pensions strike launches long dispute

Union chiefs are warning that tomorrow’s local government strike over pensions is just the beginning of a long campaign of action.

It is estimated about 1.5 million public sector staff are expected to walk out tomorrow over government plans to raise the retirement age to 65.

Dave Prentis, general secretary of Unison, said the government was discriminating against the lowest paid workers such as cleaners, dinner ladies and carers.

“There is an in-built sexism here. The government has protected teachers but not teaching assistants, police officers but not police staff. There is a burning resentment at the unfairness,” he said.

He warned the strike action would go on “for as long as it takes”.

Negotiations between unions, local government employers and the government are expected to continue today.

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