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Thousands of public sector workers took to the streets of Leicester City Centre to highlight the unfairness of the government’s proposals to change their pension provisions. It is recognised by the Unions and the Labour Party that pensions have to change to take into account people living longer and the state of the public finances.

The government has failed to protect the lowest paid public sector workers and not negotiated with the Unions in an open and transparent manner. Following yesterday’s Autumn Statement by George Osborne revealing that his economic plan has utterly failed, it is clear that David Cameron is launching an unprecedented assault on public sector workers. A total of 700,000 public sector workers will now lose their jobs and it is proposed to end collective pay bargaining.

Hard working public sector workers are being demonised by the Tories and as usual pitting sections of society against each other. As Leicester West MP, Liz Kendall, stated on twitter :

Public support for the strike action has been very positive as people of this country understand that people who run their local services did not cause the financial crisis.

It is not for no reason that bankers are funding the Tory party to the tune of £1m per month.

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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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