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Unite: Further strikes over NHS pensions 'likely'

Further strike action over NHS pensions remains a “real possibility” should Unite members reject the current government offer.

Unite has committed to launching a “consultative ballot” of its members should government negotiations fail by 20 February.

It will recommend that its 100,000 health service members should reject the NHS pension reform proposals “unless significant progress is made”.

Unite's General Secretary Len McCluskey reiterated the union's rejection of December's pension offer.

”There have been no substantive changes from what was on the table before Christmas - our hard working members will still be expected to pay more, work longer and get less when they retire.

“The prospect of further strike action will be very real, unless ministers move on their hardline position.

”The government's attacks on public sector pensions are politically driven, as part of the strategy to privatise the NHS, cut public services, break-up the national pay agreements, and disrupt legitimate trade union activities and organisation.”

The Royal College of Nursing began seeking member opinion on the proposed pension deal on the 27 January.

Its ballot is due to close on the 20 February.


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