Daily Express Attacks Public Sector Pensions Again

At the weekend I was at the oulaws for a while. Despite the fact both had worked in the Public Sector they were up in arms about a report on the Front Page of he Daily Express about how that rabid socialist Tony Blair was featherbedding Civil Service pensions. It wasn't surprising given the way the Express told the story, though why any sentient being reads let alone believes anything on its pages is another matter.

Railworkers’ Pensions: revive the fight!

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.

Rail unions hold off from action on pensions

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.