24/03/2006

Public Sector Workers set to strike over pensions dispute

Around 50,000 Northern Ireland public sector workers are expected to take part in a one-day strike on Tuesday March 28, as a result of changes to pension schemes.

The dispute relates to the government's plans to change the age of which people can retire, from 60 to 65.

The action is likely to cause major disruption to local services, including schools and public transport, and Tranlink have today revealed that no bus or rail service will be in operation on Tuesday. There will also be a number of rallies held across the province.

The union members have claimed that if the government ignore their appeal, further action will be taken.

Around 1.5 million public sector workers right across the UK are expected to take part in the strike.

The unions expected to participate in Tuesdays strike, are NIPSA, SIPTU, Unison, ATGWU, TSSA, TGWU and Amicus.

A spokesman for NIPSA, today said that school staff, council offices and members of the Housing Executive, would be embarking on the one-day strike action.

The Transport and General Workers Union have added that they hope to encourage the government to give them the same deal as the civil service, the Ministry of Defence and the health service.

(EF/SP)

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