Trade union Unison has declared "war" on the government over public sector pension changes, warning the coalition it is heading for industrial turmoil over its reforms.
The union said it would ballot one million of its members for strike action if the government pushes ahead with its policy to alter public sector schemes.
In a warning issued by Unison general secretary Dave Prentis (pictured), the union warned the government of "massive" strikes across public services.
"This will not be a token skirmish, but a prolonged and sustained war, because this government has declared war on a huge proportion of the population," Prentis said.
Unison and a host of other unions are currently in negotiations with the Treasury over plans to increase employee contributions rates by an average of three percentage points.
The union also said its members could strike over proposals laid out in Lord Hutton's pension commission report to switch from final salary to career average and increase the retirement age.
A spokesperson said it was currently preparing its membership records so it could hold a ballot if needed.
About one million of Unison's 1.4 million members are enrolled in public sector pension schemes, comprising the NHS, teachers, local government pension scheme, civil service, police, fire and armed services.
"Unless this government changes direction, it is heading for industrial turmoil on a massive scale," Prentis added.
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