2 Million British Workers Strike

A huge public sector strike took about 2 million British workers to the streets to protest against government plans for pension reform, envisaging union members to pay more and work longer to be able to retire. Two thirds of the UK’s public schools closed doors on Wednesday, with hospitals postponing thousands of operations.

British Workers Strike

Prime Minister David Cameron said the strike is a “damp squib,” according to British media. According to him, the cabinet’s plan is based on fair offers to public sector workers, including a pension based on a “career average” salary. At present, most retired public sector workers earn pensions equal to their final salary arrangement.

Union leaders claim that the government is not willing to negotiate a pension reform plan, while government officials insists that the state is not able to sustain current pension system. The negotiations had stopped, Unison general secretary Dave Prentis told journalists. The government forced union members to go on strike because it failed to enter genuine negotiations, Chris Keates, head of the teachers’ union NASUWT, added.

While Prime Minister Cameron downplays the importance of the action, other government experts warned that the strike is causing serious damage to the British economy. Rallies were staged across the United Kingdom, hitting virtually all major cities throughout the country.

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