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Don’t strike and keep negotiating, urges NHS Employers

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 18 November 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d7485
  1. Caroline White
  1. 1Liverpool

Strike action by healthcare workers over public sector pension reforms would be “premature” and could create lasting damage, the head of the body representing NHS employers, has warned.

The warning follows mounting tensions between the government and public sector unions ahead of a scheduled national day of industrial action on 30 November, which could include hundreds of thousands of healthcare workers.

The one day strike has been spearheaded by the Trades Union Council to protest against planned changes to public sector pension arrangements, including higher contributions for those earning above £15 000 (€17 500; $23 600) a year, later retirement age, and the scrapping of the final salary pension scheme.

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