Magazine article Public Finance

Unions Threaten to Step Up Strikes over LGPS

Magazine article Public Finance

Unions Threaten to Step Up Strikes over LGPS

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The local government pensions dispute remains In deadlock, despite emergency talks convened by the government this week following a one-day strike that disrupted council services across the UK.

The trades unions are warning there will be further industrial action after the talks - held on March 29 between ministers at the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, the local government employers and trade union representatives - broke up without agreement.

Heather Wakefleld, Unison's national secretary for local government, told Public Finance after the meeting that the campaign will be stepped up.

She warned that if ministers scrap the 85-year rule, thereby increasing the earliest retirement age from 60 to 65, the unions will respond with a series of strikes.

'We had more action planned and, as things stand, we will go ahead with it,' Wakefield said. …

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