Vote may lead to ‘biggest UK strike since 1926’

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THOUSANDS of Hampshire public sector workers look likely to take part in the biggest strike since the 1926 General Strike, after a ballot showed overwhelming support for the action.

Members of Unison across the UK voted 245,358 to 70,253 in favour of a strike over controversial government pension plans.

It means their members – mainly local council employees – will line up alongside civil servants, lecturers and teachers, who have already voted in favour.

The government believes public sector pensions are unsustainable, and hopes to make people work up to three years longer – to the age of 68 in some cases – as well as making employees pay 50 per cent extra into their pensions, and cutting the amount they receive when they retire.

But Unison member Jon Woods said: ‘It’s a falshood. Our pensions are sustainable, and can be paid out. ‘We hope we don’t have to strike. We want a reasonable offer from the government.

‘But if we have to, we believe it could be up to three million people out nationwide.

‘The highest number since the General Strike.’