Brighton and Hove Prepare for Biggest Public Sector Strikes Since 1926

By S Silva

Two-thirds of Britons support the public sector strike on 30th November which is the biggest action taken since the General Strike of 1926.

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Photo courtesy of Creative Commons by blech


BBC Radio 5 Live, commissioned Comres the polling and research consultancy, who interviewed 1,005 adults in England, Scotland and Wales between 18 and 20 November 2011.

The data was then weighted to be demographically representative of all adults in Great Britain.
The poll shows that women are empathetic to the cause – at 67 per cent – compared to men, at 55 per cent.
Four-in-five 18-24-year-olds back the action whilst a little under half of over-65s do.

The dispute centres over the changes to public sector pensions. Historically, public sector workers received lower pay in comparison to the private sector but have a ‘final salary’ pension.

The government say that as people are now living longer, the cost of funding public sector pensions is now ‘unsustainable.’

The want public sector workers to pay more into their pension fund work for longer and, crucially, accept a ‘career average’ salary.

The unions say the proposals will leave their members paying more and working longer for less.
Seventeen unions, including Unite, UCU, Unison, various teaching unions are taking industrial action.

In Brighton and Hove several demonstration marches through Brighton and Hove will convene at Victoria Gardens at 11.45am.

Pickets have been organised at various locations including City College Brighton and Hove, Hove Town Hall, Brighton Town Hall, Brighton University campuses and Sussex University.

Brighton and Hove City Council’s website states that if the strikes go ahead then it is likely to affect a number of its services, notably schools, refuse and recycling services and public transport.

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