Havering Unison members agree to strike later this month

Havering Unison members will be striking on November 30 against the Government’s plans to change pension schemes.

Members of trade union Unison voted in favour of the strike against the changes to pension schemes.

Nationally there was a 78 per cent majority, with a 29 per cent turnout.

The Government says the cost of providing public sector pensions is rising and reform is needed.

On Wednesday the Government offered to change its plans, and urged Unison members not to go ahead with the strike.

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But the changes were met with a lukewarm response by union members who said the talks had to be translated into offers.

Marshajane Thompson, from Unison in Havering, said: “Havering workers have not voted for strike action lightly.

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“This is a decisive vote for action by low paid public servants who are determined to face down a Government led by millionaires who want to make us live in poverty in our old age.

“We will be on strike alongside many other public sector workers on November 30; we will not stand idly by and watch our pensions which we have saved for all our working lives eroded.”

Unison members work for local councils, the NHS, schools and the civil service.

Workers face increased pension contributions, waiting longer to retire and receiving worse pensions, according to union leaders.

Other public sector unions are expected to announce over the next couple of weeks if their members will take part in industrial action on that day.

In June schools in Havering closed for a day as members of NUT went on strike over the pension changes.

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