Workers to join noon strike rally

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A rally against ‘unnecessary’ pension changes will be held by public sector workers at Preston Flag Market today.

Up to 60,000 workers across the North West will take part in strikes expected to cause disruption to driving tests, court hearings, lectures, hospital operations and borders.

Picket lines will be formed outside Preston’s crown and magistrates’ courts, the DWP’s Palatine House building in Lancaster Road, HRMC’s Charles House headquarters in Winckley Square, the Central Government offices at Red Rose House in Lancaster Road and the CPS offices within the Unicentre in Lords Walk.

Members of the Public and Commercial Services Union, University and Colleges Union and Unite the Union in the Health Sector have all voted to reject a final Government offer, which they said would cause staff to work longer and pay more for a pension that would be worth less to them in retirement.