Here's the line-up of management attacks on you and your workmates' pension rights:
- You currently get an ill-health pension if illness or injury prevent you doing your own job. Management want to change it so you only get the pension if you become unfit to do any job.
- TfL want to appoint a so-called 'independent' chair of the Trustee Board, which will shift the balance of power in favour of the employers.
- A group of workers re-privatised and transferred from Metronet to Dalkia have been unable to properly join the TfL pension fund despite government guarantees that they should be able to.
- The TfL Pension Fund is still not open to all Metronet and TubeLines staff.
RMT has warned the employers that unless they sort these issues out, the union will be in dispute with them.
Quite right. But if the union is going to go into dispute, then it has to make members better aware of the issues. Even when it does send out information, it is often long-winded, jargonistic and consequently very hard to understand. A recent Official Circular took three pages to give the information Tubeworker gives above.
Tubeworkers need and deserve to be alerted to attacks on our pension rights in a clear and understandable way.