Union boss: We’re ready to talk

TUC general secretary Brendan Barber comments on the TUC's 'day of action' yesterday, in which two million people went on strike:

"The government should turn its attention from trying to downplay what was the biggest strike in a generation, stop the war of words and get on with serious negotiations where they spell out exactly what they are now proposing in each scheme.

"Unions want to see a fair negotiated settlement and are ready for the intensive talks we now need, but those talks need content and that can only come from ministers."