The government "should not pay much attention" to unions' threats to strike over public sector pension and pay reforms, chief Treasury secretary Danny Alexander has said.
In a Parliamentary debate, Alexander, who has been heavily involved in negotiations with unions over pension reform, said: "My experience of dealing with trade unions is that one should not pay much attention to the rhetoric at their conferences.
"When one gets down to business with the trade unions, as I did on public service pensions, the majority of them are willing to behave responsibly.
"That said, and as the shadow Chancellor has said, the British public and trade union members do not want to see strike action in this country."
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