Unison boss warns of unrest over pensions

The Labour party conference’s debate about pensions today will include a warning from Unison leader, Dave Prentice, that public sector workers are angry at proposals to change their pension rights.

He is expected to tell conference that he has never seen his members so angry, and that the result coult be unrest on a scale not seen since the General Strike of 1926, reports the Guardian’s website, Guardian Unlimited.

“Unless the prime minister and the government wake up to that fact they will face the biggest strike since 1926 in a matter of months,” he said.

Local government workers and NHS staff accepted lower rates of pay, perks and bonuses, he said, because “one thing they were able to rely on was an adequate pension”.

“They paid into their scheme and now they see it being snatched away,” he said.

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