By Marcus Leach

An overwhelming number of Union of Construction Allied Traders and Technicians] (UCATT) members working in the public sector have voted in favour of industrial action to protect their pensions.

UCATT members voted by a margin of more than 4 to 1 in favour of strike action, in total 83% of members voted for strike action on a 27% turnout.

UCATT balloted its members in local government, local government contractors, the NHS, the Prison Service and the Civil Service. The workers concerned undertake a wide range of roles primarily dealing with maintenance, repairs and infrastructure work.

The decisive yes vote underlines members’ deep concern that they will have to pay more, work longer and receive a lower pension when they retire, if the Government’s plans are introduced.

“UCATT members do not take industrial action lightly. The level of support for strike action underlines just how worried our members are about the future of their pensions," George Guy, Acting General Secretary of UCATT, said.

“It is not too late for the Government to return to negotiations and to introduce much fairer pension proposals for hardworking public sector workers.”

UCATT will be fully supporting the day of action on November 30th.

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