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Public sector ‘rates pensions above pay’


6 August 2011

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Almost half of public sector workers would rather have a pay cut than reductions in their pensions, according to new research today.

A survey of 1,000 employees working in public sector organisations found they were “desperately” holding onto their pension packages in the face of planned changes announced by the government.

Teachers and civil servants have taken strike action over the reforms and unions continue to threaten further disruption later in the year if the row is not resolved.

Recruitment firm Badenoch & Clark said its study showed a majority of public sector workers believed their pensions were worth striking over.

Around a third of those questioned said they believed they should be paid more, arguing that wages in the public sector should be the same as in private firms.

Morale was said to be low, with three out of four describing the mood among public sector workers as “average to low”.

Copyright © Press Association 2011

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