Camden Council has declared a Climate Emergency – we believe that part of taking action around this includes the Council reducing its carbon footprint, and divesting the pension fund from fossil fuel investments is one way to do this.
As a trade union of course we want a decent pension for our members, and for working class people in general, but we also want a world where we can enjoy our retirement and to know we are leaving a sustainable world for future generations.
UNISON believes that modern fiduciary duty requires that pension fund investments are made in the interests of scheme members, that the financial obligation is not to maximize returns but to ensure there is enough resources to meet the pension benefit obligation. Therefore these financial regulations do not justify investment in the fossil fuel industry, nor slowing moves to decarbonise the fund. Continue reading
Last week John Rutter, Camden Unison’s pensions committee observer, attended a meeting of the Camden pensions committee and made a deputation. This is his report of the meeting. Continue reading
Sometimes workers who have become seriously ill or disabled are tempted to resign or retire, however you should not do this before talking to your Unison rep: as recent two cases in CSF show where members nearly missed out on tens of thousands of pounds of benefits, as John Shepherd explains. Continue reading
90% of Unison members who voted have voted to accept the Local Government Pension Scheme deal for service after 2014.
Details of the new scheme can be seen in this article on the website which outlines the pros and the cons of the new arrangements. Importantly, the threatened 50% increase in contribution costs was withdrawn following the strike action of November 30, 2011.
As members will be aware, the government and employers have been proposing to cut back on employees’ pensions. We in the trade unions have been fighting against this, and the industrial action on 30th November 2011 was able to get some concessions from the employers. The new proposals will be going to a postal ballot of Unison members from 31st July to 24th August to find out if we agree with them. Continue reading
There will be a meeting in the Council Chamber at Camden Town Hall on Friday 6th July at 1pm to discuss the proposals for the Local Government Pension Scheme. If you can’t make it to that meeting, there will also be a second meeting in the Conference Room in the TDC at the Crowndale Centre on Wednesday 11th July at 12.30pm.
See a video below of our Branch Secretary, George Binette, speaking at Unison’s Local Government Conference in the pensions debate:
As members will be aware, the government and employers have been proposing to cut back on employees’ pensions. We in the trade unions have been fighting against this, and the industrial action on 30th November 2011 was able to get some concessions from the employers.
UNISON is asking its members to vote YES in the ballot for industrial action to protect public sector pensions.
Current proposals mean that most people will pay more and work longer to get a pension that will be worth less. Continue reading
Camden UNISON Battle bus on the road
Dave Prentis, UNISON General Secretary, boarded Camden UNISON’s pension’s battle bus as it started its tour of the borough on Tuesday 18 October. Armed with a powerful PA system the battle bus visited the town hall complex, Bidborough House, Euston Road, UNISON headquarters, University College London Hospital, Euston Tower, Camden High Street, the Crowndale Centre, Gospel Oak, Cressy Road, the Royal Free Hospital, the Highgate Centre, Grays Inn Road and Westminster-Kingsway College. En route it stopped to allow Phoebe Watkins, Branch Chair (job share), to give solidarity greetings to a lively rally outside International House, where mainly Latino cleaners were demonstrating to demand the London living wage of £8.30 an hour.