24-hour public sector strike underway

Union leaders have announced that up to 400,000 public sector workers are taking part in a 24-hour strike in protest against proposed pension changes.

Whilst government officials say the actual number of strikers will turn out to be around half that number, there is no doubting the action represents significant opposition to its plans.

The measure is the result of a long-running dispute between the two factions; ministers believe that existing pension schemes are becoming unaffordable, partly due to an increase in life expectancy, whilst figures like PCS union general secretary Mark Serwotka claim that workers are being unfairly targeted. 

Perhaps the most high-profile demonstration will be the one expected in London from roughly 20,000 off-duty police officers.

Today’ events will be of interest to employment law solicitors on both sides of the argument, although it remains to be seen whether the strike will have any impact on the implementation of the government’ proposals. 

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