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Wiltshire unions back London pension protests
Thousands of public sector workers taking part in pension protests in London tomorrow (Thursday) are being backed by unions locally.
Workers from the NHS, Ministry of Defence and government departments will be attending a lunchtime rally at London’s Methodist Central Hall where Len McCluskey, the general secretary of Unite, the UK’s largest union will be addressing the protestors.
The action is against the government’s rise in public sector pension contributions and members of the Public and Commercial Services union, at MoD Corsham, will be picketing outside the base from 7am tomorrow.
Dave Goldsbrough, PCS chairman MoD Corsham Branch, said: "We will be involved in yet another day of strike action. We hope this action taking place across the country will bring all parties to the table so we can negotiate a compromise.
"We will be getting together as many people as we can muster for the picket at 7am and then we are moving to a rally in Bristol at 11am. Depending on how tomorrow goes there are contingency plans in place to have another day of action in June."
Tomorrow’s protest comes a week after Unite, PCS Services and the National Union of Teachers launched the 68 is too late campaign to increase public awareness of the impact about raising the age public sector workers will receive their state pension.
Unite’s Assistant General Secretary, Gail Cartmail said: "Tomorrow’s industrial action will build on the high level of anger that was on display during the November 30 strikes. This anger has been increased by the government’s hardline insistence that public sector employees work longer, pay more and receive less when they eventually retire.
"Our members believe that the government is attacking their pensions as a means of helping reduce the budget deficit which has been caused by a greedy city elite that has brought the economy to its knees.
"We call on the coalition to heed the lessons of last week’s local elections and enter into genuine and meaningful talks with the unions."