Chorley workers join in UK wide pension strike

Public sector workers outside Chorley Magistrates Court
Public sector workers outside Chorley Magistrates Court

Public sector workers from Chorley are preparing to take strike action as part of an ongoing campaign against government changes to pensions.

Today, protestors will join sixty thousand workers across the North West, to raise their concerns about longer hours and paying more for pensions.

The unions involved are the Public and Commercial Services union, Unite, University and College Union, Northern Ireland Public Services Alliance, and the Rail, Maritime and Transport union.

Already a PCS picket line has formed outside Chorley Magistrates Court, and another Unite demonstration is organised for 12pm to 2pm outside Chorley Hospital.

The strike is expected to cause disruption to borders, driving tests, court hearings, lectures and hospital operations.

PCS Regional Secretary, Peter Middleman said: “Members have overwhelmingly voted to reject the final offer because they realise these changes are unnecessary.

“All the independent evidence shows that our schemes are sustainable and affordable.

“In light of that, we will not sacrifice a right to dignity in retirement to bail out a Chancellor who, every day, adds to the economic misery of north west communities.”

And RMT General Secretary Bob Crow said: “We will be standing shoulder to shoulder with hundreds of thousands of other public service workers on 10th May.

“We are sending the clearest message to the government that we will defend our pensions to the hilt and the demand that our members should work longer, pay more and get less will be thrown back in the faces of this Government of millionaire public schoolboys.”

Many people are also showing their support to strikers via social networking site, Twitter.

@EquityUK said: “In #solidarity with workers on strike. Great job organising & getting people to act as one! @pcs_union @UnitetheUnion @ucu @rmtunion @nipsa.”