Prospect members have voted three to one in favour of strike action on November 30th. An overwhelming majority of 75% – 25% was recorded in a ballot of 30,000 members in more than 120 government departments, agencies, and non-departmental public bodies …

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Prospect members have voted three to one in favour of strike action on November 30th.

An overwhelming majority of 75% – 25% was recorded in a ballot of 30,000 members in more than 120 government departments, agencies, and non-departmental public bodies. Turn out was 53%.

Thirteen unions representing more than 1m public sector workers have now voted to back industrial action over pensions at the end of the month. A further 13 have yet to declare.

Prospect said both the vote and high turn-out reflect the deep anger among members at the government’s actions in scrapping their existing scheme and imposing higher pension contributions, a later retirement age and the switch from RPI to CPI for uprating pensions.

Prospect deputy general secretary Dai Hudd said: “This is a very healthy mandate to continue to strive for a just settlement. We do not ask members to support a strike lightly – indeed this is the first civil service-wide ballot we have held in more than 30 years.

“Its a cry from the heart of the government’s own staff for ministers to listen to their justified anger. Even at this late hour we urge the government to come forward with new, fairer proposals that would avert the need for strike action.

“It is still the aim of the executive to strive to agree a settlement to this dispute. We intend to use this outcome wisely to achieve that aim.”

The overwhelming vote from Prospect members to endorse the strike action exceeded the election mandate of either party in the coalition government.

The next steps are for the union’s Civil Service Sector Executive and then the NEC to endorse the action planned for November 30th.


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