Pensions protests

    Local government unions are planning a day of protest across the
    country on 18 February over government plans to raise the
    retirement age for public sector workers from 60 to 65 and make
    changes to their pension schemes.

    Meanwhile, local government Unison is holding a consultative
    ballot on industrial action over plans to change staff pension
    schemes

    National officer Owen Davies warned that unless the government
    revised its plans, which include raising the minimum age for early
    retirement from 50 to 55, staff would take action.

    He said the proposals had caused “a mood of real resentment” and
    the government needed to act to prevent strikes.

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