Members of public service union, Unison have agreed to back strike action apposing a Government proposal to increase the workers' pension age from 60 to 65.
The Government is also proposing a move to a basic pay scheme rather than final salary.
After consulting with close to 750,000 members via ballot, the union’s strike committee, which authorises strike action, will now decide on the next step on Thursday.
Dave Prentis, Unison general secretary says: “Despite strong union opposition, the Government is intent on pushing through these changes a year early for local government workers. This is not a fight we can afford to give up when the average pension for a local government worker is just £3,800 a year.”
According to Prentis, low pensions and an early deaths are linked with statistics revealing local government workers are twice as likely to die between 60 and 64 than people working in IT or financial services.
"The Government’s pension proposals will raise the retirement age and cut benefits, consigning more local government workers to an early grave,” he says.IFAonline
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