Ballots in Amicus, T&G, Ucatt and UNISON have recorded votes of between 73% and 87% in favour of a strike on 23 March against government plans to cut local government pension provision. The civil servants' union PCS has voted two-to-one for a strike on the same day. And the teachers' union NUT has decided to ballot nationally for a strike against cuts in their pension provision, probably on 21 April (not 14 April as previously mooted).
Thousands of public-sector workers attended rallies and lobbies on Friday 18 February to protest at government plans to downgrade public-sector pensions schemes. Friday 18 February was called by the TUC as a nationwide day of protest on pensions.
By Colin Foster
Members of the civil service union PCS, and local government members of the public services union Unison, are balloting for a strike on 23 March against the Government’s plans to cut their pensions. Their ballot results are due on 9 March, for Unison, and 11 March, for PCS.
Two items from Hackney TUC's website that might be of interest.
Robin Blackburn, author of Banking on Death, or, Investing in Life: The history and future of pensions, spoke at the AWL London forum on 17 February 2005. This is a transcript of his speech and the discussion.
By a Unison member
As Solidarity goes to press, union plans for action over the Government’s plans to cut public sector pensions are in flux.
The public services union Unison has issued this circular to the secretaries of its local government branches.
The college lecturers' union NATFHE has announced a ballot for strike action against the Government's plan to cut back pension provision.
AWL leaflet on the pensions fight, 18 March 2005.
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The Government has announced its intention that the pension retirement age for public sector workers should be 65.
On top of that they want to replace “final salary” schemes by “career average” schemes.