Cabinet Office minister and paymaster general Francis Maude yesterday claimed unions have no appetite for industrial action over pension reforms.
Public sector workers are facing a switch from final salary to career average schemes, including reforms to increase contributions, lower pay outs and push back retirement dates, reports the Independent.
At a fringe meeting with the Independent at the Conservative Party Conference, Maude, who is leading negotiations with unions on the issue, said there may yet be a deal over pension reform.
This comes after 14 public sector unions balloted for a one-day strike on 30 November in opposition to the pension cuts.
"There is a range among the unions. One or two are politically motivated," Maude said.
"The Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union, the biggest civil service, has a leadership which is very, very hard left. I would not hold out much hope that union is going to agree to anything.
"Most union leaders and members do not have an appetite for sustained industrial action which would damage their members' livelihood and for which there will be very little public sympathy."
The increase in minimum AE contributions has had little impact on opt-out rates - with cessations after April increasing by less than two percentage points, data from The Pensions Regulator (TPR) shows.
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