Public-sector workers reject pensions offer

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Civil and public servants have overwhelmingly rejected the Government’s pensions offer, setting the stage for a fresh round of industrial action.

The Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) said its consultation ballot of members had shown support for continuing a campaign against pension changes.

Some 90.5 per cent of those who took part rejected the Government’s proposals for a new pension scheme, and 72.1 per cent backed continuing the campaign, including further industrial action with other unions.

The announcement came as the National Union of Teachers (NUT) said it was calling a one-day regional strike in London on March 28 as the next step in its pensions campaign.

The national executive committee of the PCS, which represents around 290,000 civil and public servants, will meet on Monday to consider the results, the position of other unions and to decide on the next step.

General secretary Mark Serwotka said: “Civil and public servants can see this Government simply wants to make them pay for the mistakes of bankers and politicians, and have rejected by a

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