Hun­dreds of work­ers poised to take strike ac­tion

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Uk&world Update -

HUN­DREDS of public ser­vice work­ers in Peter­bor­ough are ex­pected to take strike ac­tion to­day in protest at planned changes to their pen­sions.

Union lead­ers say that about 700 of their mem­bers could take in­dus­trial ac­tion caus­ing dis­rup­tion to some key ser­vices across the city.

The civil ser­vice union, PCS, also has fur­ther strike ac­tion planned with other unions for next month.

To­day’s strike could hit ser­vices at Peter­bor­ough’s Pass­port Of­fice, the Crown and mag­is­trates’ court and Job­cen­tre.

The work­ers will be among thou­sands of civil ser­vants na­tion­ally who are ex­pected to go on strike hit­ting airports, ports and even some Min­istry of De­fence bases.

PCS re­gional sec­re­tary Richard Ed­wards said the ac­tion was in protest at Gov­ern­ment plans to cut pay, pen­sions and jobs.

He said: “Anal­y­sis shows our pen­sions are af­ford­able now and in the fu­ture but the gov­ern­ment is raid­ing them to pay off a deficit caused by the re­ces­sion and bail­ing out the banks.

“Not a penny of this public sec­tor work­ers’ tax will go to our mem- bers’ pen­sions.

Mr Ed­wards said: “Mem­bers are con­cerned they will have to work eight years longer be­fore re­tire­ment and pay in more and yet re­ceive less of a pen­sion.”

A spokesman for Peter­bor­ough Pass­port Of­fice said: “Ro­bust con­tin­gency plans have been drawn up and will be put into op­er­a­tion to deal with any strike ac­tion.”

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