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The claim

“Yes, we are asking public service workers to contribute more. Yes, we are asking them to work longer, along with the rest of society, but we are offering the chance of a significantly better pension at the end of it for many low and middle income earners.”

Danny Alexander, speech to the House of Commons, 2 November 2011

Cathy Newman checks it out

Millions of public sector workers are preparing to go on strike next week – the biggest industrial action since the Winter of Discontent. Some 20 unions could walk out on November 30 in protest at government plans to make them pay more into their pensions, and work for longer.

Ministers know the action will be disruptive. So they’re doing everything they can to try and persuade the unions to call it off.

Danny Alexander, the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, has one central argument: that the new deal will mean better pensions for many low and middle income earners. But FactCheck has found a flaw in his claims.

Read Cathy Newman’s Full Fact Check Report.

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