750,000 British Public Sector Workers Strike Over Pensions

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On 30 June up to 750,000 public sector workers from four British unions went on strike against proposed changes to their pension schemes by the Cameron Conservative Government. The Government described public sector pensions as ‘gold plated’ and unsustainable.

Over 11,000 schools closed or suspended classes and two-thirds of universities cancelled lectures.

More than 30,000 people marched in a rally in London.

Brendan Barbour, the British Trade Union Congress General Secretary, said millions of public sector workers were paying for a government deficit they did nothing to create.

He told the rally that it was ‘hardly surprising’ that public sector workers’ pay has been frozen while it was ‘bonuses as usual’ in the financial sector.

‘This is gold standard for unfairness,’ he told The Guardian newspaper.

The attack on British public sector workers’ conditions comes hard on the heels of similar attacks in other European countries such as Greece and Ireland, as well as in the United States, as governments face dwindling revenues and increased deficits as a consequence of the Global Financial Crisis.