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Labour's Shadow Secretary of state for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Mary Creagh has said she supports union members' "right to withdraw their labour". Speaking on Any Questions on BBC Radio 4, she said: "it is very unfortunate the way the Government have tried to drive a wedge between the private and the public sector". Pressed on whether she backed strikes, she said: "I support their right to withdraw their labour, yes".
Scottish teachers have voted to join the public sector strikes on 30 November over the Government's proposed public sector pension changes. Members of the Educational Institute of Scotland voted in favour of the strikes, with 82% of the 52% of members who voted in favour of industrial action.
Yesterday Unison members have voted in favour of strikes, but the 29% turnout sparked a war of words between ministers and union bosses over their mandate. Francis Maude said the number showed "extremely limited" support for walkouts, but Unison general secretary Dave Prentis said it was "a massive yes vote by any standards".
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