By Edward Hadas
The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.
Trade union leaders have been warning for some time now that it would be pensions reform — not pay freezes or job cuts — that could prove the trigger for widespread public sector strikes this year.
As chief executive for a company that is 70 percent owned by the government, a 9.6 million pounds pay package is quite a tidy sum.
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Hundreds of thousands of council workers are striking over pay in the biggest bout of industrial unrest in years.
Thousands of schools are closing on Thursday as teachers hold their first national strike in more than two decades.