New wave of pension protests in Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland unions will be involved in fresh industrial action this week against the Government's controversial public sector pension reforms.
Up to 400,000 workers could be involved across the UK. Nipsa and Unite will be among unions involved in industrial action in the province, although Unison will not be participating.
Civil servants, lecturers, health workers, MoD staff, immigration officers, off-duty police and members of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary will be among those joining strikes and other forms of protest on Thursday.
Most public sector unions remain opposed to the reforms, which they warned would leave millions of workers having to pay more into their pensions, retire later and receive less when they stop work.
Ministers insist current public sector pensions are unsustainable, saying workers will still receive decent payments on retirement.