MP fears strikers will lose public sympathy

PUBLISHED: 16:14 30 June 2011

John Penrose

John Penrose

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WESTON’S MP John Penrose has warned people taking part in the today’s (Thurs) strike action that they may not get ‘much sympathy’ from the public.

Hundreds of public sector workers took part in the mass walk-out in protest against proposed Government pension cuts.

They include teachers, air traffic control and immigration officials at Bristol Airport and workers at job centres and North Somerset Courthouse in St Georges.

But Mr Penrose, who is Tourism Minister for the Government, said: “I’m sure everybody understands why public sector workers are concerned, but many people are wondering why the unions have called their members out on strike when the talks haven’t even finished yet.

“Anyone who works in a private company will have had to tighten their belt already, and I worry they won’t have much sympathy if public sector union bosses start arguing they shouldn’t have to do the same.”

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