Tag Archives: pensions

Unwell or disabled? Don’t just leave!

handsSometimes 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

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Unison members vote to accept the pensions deal for post-2014 local government pensions

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 Importantly, the threatened 50% increase in contribution costs was withdrawn following the strike action of November 30, 2011.

Local Government Pension Scheme ‘deal’ – the pluses and minuses

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

Meetings on the Local Government Pension Scheme proposals – 6th July and 11th July

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.

Speech from George Binette at Unison Local Government Conference in the pensions debate

See a video below of our Branch Secretary, George Binette, speaking at Unison’s Local Government Conference in the pensions debate:

Pensions update – a quick look at the pros and cons of the proposals for the post-2014 Local Government Pension Scheme

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.
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Vote ‘yes’

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 Pension’s battle bus on the road

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.

Branch meeting votes to defend pensions

A packed special Camden UNISON branch meeting on 3 October overwhelming backed a motion moved by branch secretary, George Binette, to defend the local government pension scheme and strike with more than two dozen other unions on 30th November. Continue reading

UNISON to ballot for industrial action against pension cuts

UNISON’s general secretary Dave Prentis announced at the TUC that the union will ballot its 1.1 million members at 9000 different employers who will be affected by the pension cuts for strike with up to one million additional public sector workers in different unions on 30 November. Continue reading