Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude
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Public sector strikes: Unions need to think of public, says Maude

Britain is facing a wave of strikes affecting public services this winter.

The three biggest unions - Unite, Unison and the GMB - have announced they are to ballot their members for industrial action in protest at government plans to cut public sector pensions. Civil servants, firefighters and some teachers are also planning ballots.

The go-ahead has been given on the final day of the Trade Union Congress annual conference in London.

Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude, who is involved in the pension negotiations, said the unions needed to think about the public and the economy.

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