CHANGES to local government workers' pension schemes could lead to a town hall walk out in Halton as part of a national strike.
Public sector workers are due to strike on March 23 over fears they have to pay more and work for longer.
Under proposals, to be phased in next month, town hall workers will be unable to take early retirement until they reach 55.
Many public sector workers are able to quit before this date, with a full pension, if they have put in 35 years service.
Now both major unions representing council staff are lobbying for a Government U-turn.
A spokesman for the Cheshire branch of Unison said ballot papers had already been sent out to lobby for a March 23 walk-out.
'Most people will work for a local authority not because of perks or bonuses but because of the pension scheme to protect them from poverty in their older age,' he said.
'If this is taken away, it will have a major impact. We will have to work for longer and pay more into the pension schemes. Workers expect the Government to pay some money as well.'
A GMB spokesman added: 'GMB continues to campaign vigorously to defend local government pensions. We have sought to raise awareness and have made representation on our members' behalf promoting trade union meetings with ministers.
'It is appalling and unacceptable that local authority workers are paid so little regard by Government.
'We believe it is essential that the trade unions secure negotiating rights over pensions and will maintain the pressure on Government to agree this.'