Portsmouth union members to join day of strike action on November 30

ACTION Portsmouth Unison's Jon Woods
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PUBLIC sector employees in the Portsmouth area ‘will vote to strike’, says the Unison union.

The news has come after the Unison, Unite, the GMB and the Fire Brigades’ Union announced at the TUC coonference in London today that they will ballot their members over pensions.

Ministers are seeking increases in pension contributions from next April, while millions of workers continue to face a pay freeze.

The coalition government argues that rises in payments are fair and will make schemes sustainable despite an ageing population.

Jon Woods, Portsmouth city branch chairman of the public sector union, said there is concern over the future of public sector pensions in the region.

And he said: ‘We carried out a straw poll earlier this year, and the overwhelming thing that came back was that our members would vote to strike.’

The TUC tonight announced a day of action on November 30, pledging the biggest union mobilisation in a generation after a simmering row over public sector pensions boiled over into strike plans.

Up to three million workers, ranging from firefighters and school dinner ladies, to social workers and driving test examiners, are set to take part in the action, including stoppages, meetings, rallies and joint events with community groups.

The walk out, a day after the Chancellor makes his autumn statement on the economy, will herald months of industrial unrest in a major challenge to the Government.