Crucial proposals affecting all NHS workers have once again appeared during the summer holidays, and once again the NHS unions have signed up to give away some of our rights, on proposals that are still only half-written.
To understand the significance of the pensions dispute, we have to give it context. Pension provision for all workers in Britain is under sustained attack. Employers constantly announce that final-salary schemes are being closed and replaced by inferior money purchase schemes. Even these will be attacked when employers read the government’s Pensions White Paper.
The TUC welcomed the Government's White Paper on pensions, published in May. Only the week before, it had set out five "bottom-line" tests for the White Paper. Even on a generous reading, the White Paper passed only one.
Off The Rails leaflet for RMT pensions rallies, and for rail workplaces and union branches.
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This --- opposes the Government's proposals in the Pensions White Paper to raise the state pension age to 68 by 2050.
RMT & TSSA are balloting their members on national rail to secure the future of the Railway Pension Scheme.
TSSA's ballot on action to defend railworkers’ pensions went down to a No vote. Which is probably what happens when (a) you build a union for decades on the basis of never going on strike, and (b) loads of your members are managers. RMT's ballot result, announced on 6 June, was: 16,203 for action (76.46 per cent) and 4,989 against (23.54 per cent), in a 50 per cent turnout. RMT's Executive decided not to name any strike dates. Instead, having previously rejected the “solution” of a tripartite “commission” to study the issue, it is now going along with it, albeit keeping the strike mandate 'live' and planning a series of rallies. RMT press release below.
The first-ever issue of an activists' bulletin for UNISON members produced by AWL UNISON members is now available. Covering the latest developments in the local government pension scheme campaign, and
By Mike Fenwick, UNISON
Trade union leaders in the TUC have welcomed the Government’s White Paper on pensions, published on 25 May.
Only the week before, the TUC had set out its “bottom-line” five tests for the White Paper. Even on a generous reading, the White Paper passed only one of the five tests.