The government has responded to union threats of a general strike by refusing any further negotiation of public sector pension and pay reform.
At its annual conference today, the Trades Union Congress approved a motion put forward by Unison to carry out coordinated strike action if talks over public sector pay break down, the BBC reports.
Action will take place after a day of demonstrations on 20 October, which Unison general secretary Dave Prentis (pictured) said would be a "launch pad for our campaign against austerity".
This comes after the National Union of Teachers and the NASUWT union threatened a programme of industrial action this autumn if talks over the reform of the Teachers' Pension Scheme break down (PP Online 28 May), while police officers have also threatened protests (PP Online 10 September).
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