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Public sector pension talks set to continue into the autumn

By Alan Jones

Talks between the Government and unions on reforming pensions are to continue into the autumn, it has been announced.

Negotiations will now be split to cover different schemes, such as those in local government, the NHS and the civil service.

A national strike was held last month by teachers and civil servants against planned changes and there have been warnings of an autumn of discontent.

But the TUC said it had agreed to extend the negotiations, adding: "Further talks will take place centrally, and individual unions will be actively considering also participating in scheme level talks in order to fully explore all the issues and to enable unions and their members to reach a judgment on whether agreement is possible or whether more unions will enter into dispute and plan industrial action."

The TUC said it was clear, in agreeing to continue negotiations, that unions have not agreed to or accepted any of the Government's objectives.

The Government said the discussions will start by the end of the month and be completed by the end of October, and will be centred on the target of £1.2bn worth of savings for 2012-13.

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