Britain to face mass public sector strikes

June 15, 2011 19:17

LONDON - Britain's biggest civil service union said on Wednesday its members would join teachers and hold industrial action this month, meaning some 750,000 public sector workers will strike over the government's pension reforms.

Mark Serwotka, general secretary of the Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union, also said that unless the government changed its plans for public sector pensions, millions of workers could take action later this year.

Unions, angry at the government's massive spending cuts to address a budget deficit of around 10 percent of GDP, have vowed to stage coordinated national action in what would be Britain's worst labour stoppages for decades.

"The ballot mandate from our members is that we will take national strikes with other unions and we believe this will be the first of a number of those," Serwotka told reporters.

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