As 750,000 unionists and sympathisers descended on Westminster this afternoon, we sent pensions correspondent Rachel Dalton down to Parliament Square to see what workers themselves have to say...
I went down to the protests today to find out just how public sector workers understand, appreciate and argue for their pensions.
Some spoke passionately against any kind of cut to the public sector, and thought pensions should be better for all workers in the public or private sector.
A young teacher I spoke to said: "We want good pensions for everyone. It is nonsense to say these cuts are moderate. Cuts to any kind of public services is absolutely the wrong way to go about doing things.
"We need to build the economy up, not alienate people and cut pensions."
Some union members were hazy on the facts and figures, and even any alternatives to the public pension dilemma. Then again, it is equally difficult to find a private sector worker with a good understanding of what, if anything, they will get when they retire.
A Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union steward said: "I have been told I have to work extra years and pay more money, to get less of a pension."
She added: "The government should reconsider and I have been told there are other options. I am not knowledgeable enough about pensions to come up with a new system, but I believe taking a day on strike is the right thing to do."
A National Union of Teachers (NUT) representative was much more eloquent, but no less passionate on the subject. He saw any cuts to the public sector as an increase in society problems later down the line, and argued the case for young teachers entering the profession.
"Young teachers are being asked to work until they are 68 years old. They are being told they can retire at 60, but they have to take an actuarially reduced pension of 5% for each year. So if they retire at 60, they will lose 40% of their entitlement for the rest of their lives.
"Society is judged by how it looks after its vulnerable. These changes are going to affect every single pensioner in the country, and that is not going to help anything; that is simply going to lead to more austerity, more people who need help, more people in hospital, more people who find themselves in trouble."
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