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Nov 28, 2011

More UK strikes possible over pensions-union chief

LONDON, Nov 28 (Reuters) – A strike over public-sector
pension reform expected to involve more than 2 million British
workers will go ahead on Wednesday, a union leader said on
Monday, warning of more stoppages next year if ministers refuse
to negotiate on the dispute.

“The action will go ahead. There is absolutely no chance
whatsoever of any deals over the next couple of days,” said Dave
Prentis, who heads Unison, the biggest union involved which
represents 1.4 million workers across the public services.

Nov 25, 2011

Analysis – Mass strike to test union power

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain faces its biggest strike in 30 years next week, a one-day walkout over public-sector pensions, with the prime minister urging parents to take their children to work as schools close and diplomats being flown home to staff border controls.

The action will test whether once-mighty trades unions, hamstrung by strict labour laws and a shrinking membership, can still have an influence on policy.

Nov 23, 2011

Cameron condemns public sector pension strike

LONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister David Cameron on Wednesday condemned planned public sector strikes over pensions next week as irresponsible but appeared resigned to them going ahead.

More than two million workers could strike on November 30 in what unions say would be Britain’s biggest industrial action in a generation. Members of some 30 public service unions backed the stoppage over plans to make them pay more and work longer for their pensions.

Nov 21, 2011

Britain condemns Assad before Syria opposition talks

LONDON (Reuters) – World powers will do as much as they can to turn up the heat on the Syrian government, British Foreign Secretary William Hague said on Monday, calling President Bashar al-Assad’s crackdown on eight months of protests “appalling and unacceptable.”

Hague was speaking before a meeting in London with representatives of Syrian opposition groups, in an intensification of British contacts with Assad’s opponents.

Nov 17, 2011

Prison officers may join pension strike – union

LONDON (Reuters) – Thousands of prison officers may join a national strike over pension reforms later this month despite it being illegal for them to do so, their union chief said on Thursday, a move that would paralyse jails already crammed to bursting.

The action, if it came, would be an added headache for a government already facing the prospect of a strike on pensions by more than 20 public service unions representing an estimated 2 million workers.

Nov 14, 2011

Government offers unions new pension deal to avert strike

LONDON (Reuters) – The government offered unions a revised deal on public sector pension reforms on Wednesday, but unions said it was not enough to avert a day of strike action planned for later this month.

Unions representing upwards of 2 million workers have been locked in a bitter dispute with the Conservative-led coalition government over its plans to raise pension contributions as part of austerity measures to tackle a big budget deficit.

Nov 14, 2011

Government may use courts to stop “political” strike

LONDON (Reuters) – The government may try to stop or delay a planned national strike over pension reform involving millions of public-sector workers by urging employers to mount a court challenge arguing the walkout is unlawful, lawyers said.

Unions representing upwards of 2 million workers are busily balloting members ahead of the one-day stoppage on November 30 in a row over the deficit-cutting coalition government’s plan to increase employee pension contributions.

Nov 9, 2011

Head teachers see chance for deal to halt strike

LONDON (Reuters) – A deal can still be done over pensions to prevent head teachers from walking out for the first time since their union was set up 114 years ago, their leader said on Wednesday.

National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) general secretary Russell Hobby told Reuters he had been encouraged by the government’s latest offer, but warned members would “no doubt” walk out if nothing more was forthcoming.

Nov 3, 2011

Main union in UK pension row votes “yes” to strike

LONDON, Nov 3 (Reuters) – Britain’s biggest public-sector
union, Unison, one of more than a dozen unions locked in a row
with the government over pension reform, said on Thursday its
members had voted in favour of a national strike later this
month, piling pressure on ministers.

Announcing the result of a strike ballot involving a record
1.1 million workers, Unison said its members had given
“overwhelming” support for a 24-hour strike on Nov. 30.

Nov 3, 2011

Pakistan trio jailed for spot-fixing

LONDON (Reuters) – Pakistan cricketers Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir were jailed on Thursday for their roles in a spot-fixing scandal which the judge said had damaged the integrity of the game in the eyes of the world.

Former captain Butt was sentenced to 30 months, while Asif was given one year and fellow pace bowler Amir six months as the sporting world was given a strong message that corruption would be punished by much more than fines and suspensions.