By Maximilian Clarke
Despite the Government’s extension of what many considered a generous concession to their original public sector reform plan, the threat of widespread industrial action looms.
The Daily Telegraph labelled the concession ‘gold-plated’, whilst prominent business organisation, the Institute of Directors, deemed the more generous package economically ‘unsustainable’. This, however, has done little to appease the unions, who have failed to reign in the threat of strike.
Commenting on yesterday’s announcement, the British Chambers of Commerce's Director General, John Longworth, issued a statement imploring unions to reconsider what would be enormously damaging strikes at a time when the UK economy can ill afford disruption:
“The government and unions need to resolve the negotiations around public sector pensions as a matter of urgency. The threat of strike action is a major concern for business, so a deal which is predicated on strikes being taken off the table is a must. We agree with Mr Alexander that strike action of any kind would be ‘unnecessary and damaging’ at a crucial time for the UK economy.
“This new offer from the government is more than fair. Public sector pensions have long needed reform, and this deal will mean they are still far more generous than those in the private sector. We would strongly urge the unions to accept this more than fair offer so that businesses can continue to concentrate on growing the economy, rather than fear the potential disruption that strike action would undoubtedly cause.”
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