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’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 →
The government has launched an ideological attack on public sector pensions. It aims to increase contributions, end final salary schemes, increase the retirement age and abolish the Fair Deal on Pensions which ensures staff whose work is privatised retain their existing pension entitlements or have a comparable scheme. Pensions are already being updated by the lower consumer price index. Continue reading →
It’s wrong to blame public sector workers. Millions have seen their benefits decline. In pressing for an end to current public sector pension schemes, the CBI’s director general, John Cridland, writes: “Pension reforms will also help the prime minister’s ‘big society’ programme to really get off the ground. Public sector pensions remain the biggest barrier to the private and third sectors providing public services” (End this block over pensions, 10 March).
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