Public sector action ‘to go into new year’

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The Government has been warned that industrial action by public sector workers over pay could continue into the new year amid growing anger over the “double standards” in British society.

Pay will dominate the TUC Congress in Liverpool, which opened yesterday with fresh attacks on the coalition and predictions of strikes and campaigns against Tory plans to clamp down on union activities.

TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady said promised Conservative manifesto proposals raising the turnout threshold in ballots to 50 per cent would “effectively ban strikes by the back door”.

Comments by the head of the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (Ipsa) that MPs should receive a 10 per cent pay rise, inflamed the atmosphere further following a controversial decision by the Government not to accept a recommended 1 per cent wage rise for all NHS staff.