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Unison health workers back public sector pensions action‏

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Unison healthcare members in Oxfordshire planned to visit picket lines and join protests today in support of industrial action against pension changes by teachers and other public sector workers.

During their lunch breaks, members of the local Unison health branch said they would be protesting against plans to make them pay more and work harder for lower pensions.

Their protest will coincide with, and demonstrate their support for, today’s education and civil service union strikes over changes to the public service pension scheme.

Oxfordshire Branch secretary Mark Ladbroke said: “If these proposals go through then a band 5 staff nurse would have to pay an extra £900 a year on top of the £1,800 already paid, work an eight extra years and face shrinking pensions on retirement.”

Mr Ladbroke said: “We have organised our protests on the national strike day to show our support for public sector pensions - furthermore we believe that good pensions are not the preserve of company directors, judges and MPs - any worker, in the public or private sector deserves to be able to retire on a decent pension.”

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