Minister for the Cabinet Office Francis Maude said:
It is extremely disappointing that the TUC is calling on union members to lose a day’s pay and go on strike while serious talks, which were set up at their request, are very much still ongoing. Despite today’s statement by the TUC, the government remains committed to these talks and to keeping public service pensions among the very best available. However, it also recognises the need to address rising costs due to increased longevity.
“The government continues to hope that agreement can be reached and that the unions recognise that rational discussion is a more appropriate way of reaching a solution that benefits all, rather than engaging in industrial action.
“But the dialogue needs to be two way, and the unions need to commit to genuine engagement and make constructive proposals. It is not enough just to say no to any reform.