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Water workers strike over pension row

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Hundreds of water workers are due to take strike action later over United Utilities' plans for their staff pension scheme. The strike has been called due to a management plan to impose changes to a staff pension scheme from April 1st. Its claimed the changes will reduce scheme members' pensions significantly, - unions believe younger members of staff could lose as much as £10,000 per year of their guaranteed income in retirement.

United Utilities are making an unnecessary and unjustified grab for the retirement incomes of their workers. The pension scheme is in good financial health and there is no need for these changes to be made. It is not too late for management to see sense and stop the strike action by halting their plan

– Vic Walsh, UNISON North West

The unions helped to shape the final version of the new scheme. Rather than scrap the defined benefit scheme as planned, we agreed to introduce a hybrid scheme, which will cost us considerably more. So, we have made considerable concessions already and hope that the unions will show a similar desire to compromise


Poor childcare "forcing Mums to stay at home"

Half of stay-at-home mums in the North West want to work but can’t get the childcare they need. Save the Children estimates there are over 104,000 stay-at-home mums in the North West who would prefer to work if they could arrange good quality childcare which is convenient, reliable and affordable. The charity says childcare issues are the number one barrier preventing mums in the North West from working.

Childcare problems are a huge barrier for mums wanting to work Credit: pa
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Manchester bomb scene cops raise money for victims

Three police detectives from Manchester are on a mission to raise money for those affected by the bombing at the Manchester Arena.

Andy Bailey, Sam Gaunt and Jared Sudworth were some of the first police officers on the scene after the bomb went off.

They were determined to help after what they saw, so they've organised a charity ball to raise money for the families affected.

They joined us in the studio a little earlier - along with a couple of items they're auctioning on the night including a guitar signed by Elbow.

But first they told us what is was like on the night the bomb went off.

Soccer Aid: Mo Farah to go head-to-head with Usain Bolt

Sir Mo Farah and Usain Bolt Credit: SoccerAid

Sir Mo Farah has today announced he will play for England in this year’s eagerly anticipated Soccer Aid for Unicef match on ITV.

Set to take centre stage at Old Trafford on Sunday 10th June, four-time Olympic champion Sir Mo Farah will play for his home nation and be on the opposing side of his good friend, and fellow Olympian, Usain Bolt.

Sir Mo Farah Credit: SoccerAid

100% of all public donations will go towards supporting the work protecting children in the UK and globally.

The international friendly takes place just four days before the World Cup in Russia begins. Tickets are on sale now and the game will be broadcast live on ITV.


Student warns of the dangers of binge drinking

A Manchester Metropolitan student is reaching out to her peer group with a warning: go easy on the booze, or end up like me.

Research by the Institute of Alcohol Studies suggests that today's youngsters are much more likely to binge drink than their parents' generation.

Jess Stoddard says that led to evenings that she couldn't remember, and she's enlisted the help of Fixers - the campaign that gives young people a voice - to use her experience to warn others.

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