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Public sector retirement age set to rise to 66

Treasury minister Danny Alexander has said plans for public sector pensions will "protect them for the long term".

Contributions will rise and some people will have to work for longer but the low paid would be protected, he said.

But unions said the timing of the speech, while they negotiate over changes, was "deeply inflammatory".

The announcement comes as up to 750,000 public sector workers are due to walk out on 30 June.

John Moylan reports.

  • 17 Jun 2011
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