25,000 Government workers to strike over pensions

Thousands of civilian workers in the Ministry of Defence and staff in other Government departments are to join another national strike next month in the long-running row over public sector pensions.

The Unite union said around 25,000 of its members, including vehicle maintenance workers, technicians and drivers, will walk out on May 10 alongside civil servants and health workers.

The move follows a 94 per cent vote rejecting the Government's controversial pension reforms, which Unite said would force employees to work longer, pay more and receive less in retirement.