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Pensions regulator staff extend strike in row over pay 

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Staff at the UK’s Pensions Regulator will stage an additional 14 days of strikes as part of an ongoing pay dispute.

Over 280 members of the Public and Commercial Services union (PCS) have scheduled further strike actions.

The walkouts will be on October 11, 12, 17, 18, 23 to 27, 30, 31, and November 1 to 3.

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The labour force launched a strike earlier in the month.

They cited TPR as the sole government department refusing to adhere to the recommended government pay hike of 4.5 to 5 percent.

PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka said: “TPR management’s disgraceful decision to give their staff less than anyone else has served only to backfire on them by making our members more determined than ever to secure a fair pay rise.

“Following their strike action earlier this month, they are returning to the picket line in the expectation their managers will listen to them or face the possibility of even more strikes in the future.”

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A TPR spokesperson said: “We have put forward a fair pay deal to our staff, prioritising pay for low earners and high achievers.

“This would guarantee our lowest-paid workers a pay rise of 6.25 percent. 

“We’re negotiating in good faith with the union and want to resolve this dispute as soon as possible.”

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