Driving tests cancelled in Worksop over pensions dispute

DRIVING tests have been cancelled in Worksop today as public sector workers join a 24-hour national strike in a dispute over proposed pension changes.

Members of the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) are holding a picket line at the Worksop Test Centre today.

Worksop PCS organiser Jim Anderson said the proposed changes will leave thousands of public sector workers paying more and working longer for lower pensions.

“It’s part of the ongoing campaign for fair pay, pensions and public services - we are trying to get this country out of the terrible mess the Tories and Liberal Democrats have driven us into,” he said.

“We have had a double dip recession and the government has no idea how to get out of it. We are certainly not all in this together - workers are in a terrible mess because of the government’s greed.”

UNISON Bassetlaw local government branch secretary Keith Circuit said Bassetlaw Council and A1 Housing services would not be affected by today’s national action.

“The vast majority of our members belong to UNISON and therefore will not be taking part in today’s action - however we are supporting the actions of our colleagues,” he said.

Up to 400,000 public sector workers are expected to join the national strike today, including civil servants, NHS workers, police officers, border force staff and lecturers.

Workers are protesting against proposed changes to their pensions, but the government says current pensions schemes are unfair and unaffordable as people live longer.

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