By Marcus Leach

According to the Local Government Employers (LGE) group the government can save £900 million a year from public sector pensions without raising workers' contributions for two years.

The lobby group has written to Eric Pickles, the Communities Secretary, with an outline of their proposal.

The BBC report that the plan 'says employees could either pay more in - starting in two years' time - to keep their benefits, or pay what they do now and get less when they retire'.

However, Unison have confirmed they will not back the plan. And this comes after it was announced that trade unions would go ahead with ballots for mass strike action.

In the letter LGE states that its proposal "delivers the required level of savings, other than wholly through an increase in employee contributions, minimises the impact on the lower paid and offers choice to individuals".

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