The Government said "pay restraint" had helped protect jobs and its pensions remain "among the very best available" after civil servants announced a strike:
The Government took the tough decision to freeze public sector pay for two years, while protecting those earning under £21,000 by increasing their pay by at least £250 per year.
Pay restraint has helped to protect jobs in the public sector and support high- quality public services.
In March 2012 we set out our final proposed agreements on pension reform following more than a year of intensive discussions with trade unions.
These reforms will ensure that public sector pensions will remain among the very best available and that they can be sustained for future generations.
The Government said it was "disappointing" that the PCS union is planning three months of industrial action, including a huge strike on Budget day.
A Cabinet Office spokesman said: "It is disappointing that, yet again, the PCS insist on pushing for futile action which benefits no-one, and damages the services they deliver to the public."
The Public and Commercial Services union says a Budget-day strike will be the first event in a three-month long protest against budget cuts, to include:
- An all-day strike on 20 March with rallies and demonstrations in key locations, including Westminster
- Further national and group strikes of varying durations, including half days and short walkouts, timed to have the greatest impact
- Industrial action short of a strike, including a national overtime ban until 20 June
- Disruptive action in groups
- Strike days interspersed with other protests and campaigning activities around specific themes
The Public and Commercial Services union general secretary Mark Serwotka said a civil servants' strike planned for Budget day would kickstart a "rolling programme" of industrial action:
This is not a one-day protest, this is the start of a rolling programme of walkouts and disruptive action to put pressure on a government that is refusing to talk to us.
Civil and public servants are working harder than ever to provide the services we all rely on but, instead of rewarding them, the government is imposing cuts to their pay, raiding their pensions and trying to rip up their basic working conditions.
We warned more than two years ago that austerity wouldn't work and we were right.
There is an alternative to cutting the living standards of hard-working public servants and our campaign is designed to make the case loud and clear.
The RMT union has announced that Friday's strike planned for CrossCountry Trains has been suspended after "significant progress" was made in talks.
The action was being organised by workers in protest at a range of issues, including training, and the use of league tables to record performance.
Postal workers in part of Bristol are to hold a series of strikes in the run up to Christmas. Talks with the Royal Mail broke up today without any agreement. Next week the workers' union, the CWU, say they will give the company a week's notice of their strike plans.
The men and women involved work at the Mead Street depot near Temple Meads. The post codes affected are BS4 and BS14.
Postal workers in Bristol are being asked to vote in favour of strike action ahead of Christmas. The Communication Workers Union have served a notice on Royal Mail for a strike ballot that will effect those working in the depot in Mead Street.
The ballot will open on the 13th of November and close on the 21st. If it goes ahead it will effect people in the BS4 and BS14 areas of Bristol.
Job Centre staff at a call centre in Bristol will strike today as part of action by the Public and Commercial Services Union. They say working conditions in call centres are oppressive and have unrealistic targets. 6,000 union members across the UK are taking part in the strike.
Staff at Remploy in Bristol are on strike over Government plans to close their factory.
The Bristol site, which employs people with disabilities, is one of 36 across the country due to shut, although this is subject to consultation.
The GMB union says the closures will put thousands of disabled people into poverty.
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