While public sector unions prepare for battle on pensions, youth and school-leavers struggle to find jobs.
But the two struggles are linked. If older workers have to work on in their jobs until they are 68 to get their pension, how will young workers find employment?
It's not just a British issue. The youth of Spain, let down by the political establishment and the trade union leaders, have taken to the streets to protest about mass unemployment. One of their slogans is