Aftermath of public sector pensions strikes

Issue of the day: Aftermath of public sector pensions strikes
Issue of the day: Aftermath of public sector pensions strikes

Ministers and union leaders are returning to the negotiating table after yesterday's mass walkout from public sector workers.

The strike, proclaimed as "historic" by trade unions but a "damp squib" by the prime minister, sent a clear message to the government about the level of hostility faced by the coalition's plans to reform public sector pensions.

Moves to increase the retirement age to 66, in line with the private sector, switch pensions uprating from retail price index inflation to the lower consumer price index rate and increase contributions are all disputed by unions.

As detailed negotiations resume, the public's attention is on controversy generated by Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson, whose uncompromising view of strikers has prompted a storm of outrage on Twitter.

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