Civil servants plan pension demos
Civil and public servants will stage protests in the constituencies of senior cabinet ministers as part of the continuing campaign against the Government's controversial pension reforms.
Demonstrations will be held outside the constituency offices of Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude (Horsham), Education Secretary Michael Gove (Surrey Heath), Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith (Chingford and Woodford Green) and Business Secretary Vince Cable (Twickenham).
A protest is also being planned with Oxford and District Trades Council in Prime Minister David Cameron's Witney constituency for next Saturday.
The move follows this week's announcement of a strike by civil servants and other forms of industrial action by health workers on May 10, a day after the Queen's Speech, when a Bill is expected to be published on the pension changes.
Keith Johnston of the Public and Commercial Services union said: "Public servants are being forced to pay more and work up to eight years longer for thousands of pounds less in retirement, at the same time as their jobs are threatened and living standards are being driven down.
"Our message to the ministers is that instead of punishing us for problems caused by wealthy bankers, the Government should be investing to help our communities to thrive and our economy to grow."