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'Biggest strike action since 1926 to be expected'.

Summary: The biggest wave of industrial action since the 1926 general strike will hit in the wake of Government pension reforms, Unison has said.

The biggest wave of industrial action since the 1926 general strike will hit Britain in the wake of Government pension reforms, the leader of the largest public sector union has said.

Dave Prentis, the general secretary of Unison, made the comments as unions threatened to walk away from talks over coalition plans that would require most public sector employees to work longer for less.

He said: "It will be the biggest since the general strike. It won't be the miners' strike. We are going to win."

The Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander said in a speech on Friday it would be a "colossal mistake" for workers to reject a deal that was the best they could hope for.

The reforms include increasing the general retirement age in the public sector from 60 to 66, moving from a final salary system to benefits based on career-average earnings and raising contributions by an average 3.2 per cent.

But Mr Alexander insisted that those on the lowest incomes would not have to pay any more and that low and middle earners would get roughly the same benefits as they do now.

The government's pensions proposals came amid a threatened wave of industrial action starting with up to 750,000 teachers and civil servants going out on strike on June 30.

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