HUNDREDS of United Utilities staff are to strike for the first time since 1992.

The water workers are striking over United Utilities plans to cut their staff pension scheme.

The changes are to come into force from April 1.

Vic Walsh, UNISON North West regional organiser, said: "United Utilities are making an unnecessary and unjustified grab for the retirement incomes of their workers.

“The pension scheme is in good financial health and there is no need for these changes to be made."

The strikes are due to take place on Friday, March 16 and Monday, March 19 and will impact the whole of the North West.