The British government is seeking pension reforms, which include increasing the general retirement age in the public sector from 60 to 66, moving from a final salary system to benefits based on career-average earnings and raising contributions by an average 3.2%.Outraged, the head of Britain’s largest public sector trade union threatened the biggest wave of industrial action since 1926, according to the Telegraph:
Mr Prentis said: “It will be the biggest since the general strike. It won’t be the miners’ strike. We are going to win.”
He said: “I strongly believe that one day of industrial action will not change anyone’s mind in government. We want to move towards a settlement.
“The purpose of industrial action is not industrial action, it is to get an agreement that is acceptable and long-lasting.
“But we are prepared for rolling action over an indefinite period. This coalition has got to open its eyes and see that in just reacting to a Daily Mail view of the public sector they are walking into a trap of their own making.”
Similar strikes have riled France and every other country that tried to reform pensions. America has this to look forward to.
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