PENSIONS STRIKE: Numerous public sector workers on strike in Worthing

Workers on strike outside Portland House
Workers on strike outside Portland House

PUBLIC sector workers are on strike across Worthing today (Wednesday, November 30).

About 15 people are protesting outside the HMRC tax office in Barrington Road, Goring.

Peter Day from the Public and Commercial Services Union, said: “The main reason we are striking is because of pension changes. The changes will mean that we are working more, losing money and receiving a lower pension.”

Worthing and Adur Council staff are striking outside Portland House, in Richmond Road.

Roger Varndell, branch secretary for Worthing and Adur councils, said: “We’re greatly alarmed by the pension proposals and there’s quite a groundswell across the unions in the country about the pensions. The money being taken from these pensions is going towards the deficit, which most people across the country feel wasn’t caused by ordinary people but bankers and financiers. The thing is, pensions are important to everyone, private and public, and the government wants to bring in provisions where everybody working is brought into a pension. They want people to pay into pensions because if they don’t they’ll retire into poverty. There seems to be a lot of mixed messages on pensions.

A group of local government workers are on strike outside Centenary House in Durrington Lane.

Daniel Sartin, deputy branch representative for Unison West Sussex said: “The extra contributions which public sector workers will be paying in April will go straight to the Treasury to simply pay off the deficit that the millionaire bankers have created. We hope the people of Worthing will come out to show their support.”