Barking and Dagenham workers gear up for strike ballot over pensions

More than a million public sector workers are set to vote on strike action from next week in one of the biggest ballots in a generation.

Unison said nurses, social workers, teaching assistants, dinner ladies and hospital cleaners will be among those voting in the row over public sector pensions.

The massive day of strike action is to take place on November 30 with ballot results due to be announced on November 3.

Unison denied that government plans to increase pension contributions by three per cent was necessary saying public sector pensions already generated �2billion each year.

London secretary Linda Perks said: “A pension crisis has been whipped up but the reality is in the public sector, there isn’t one.

“Public sector pension schemes are financially sound.

“On top of pay freezes, inflation and heavy job losses public sector workers are being pushed too far.”