The unions have gone quiet over pensions. This is usually a bad sign. Like Network Rail harmonisation this one could run and run with members kept in the dark most of the time.
We could do with updates from the various head offices. If we are ever need to get action on this issue it is important to keep it in people’s minds and get it discussed in the messrooms. As recently as this year the RMT AGM reiterated its desire to defend railway pensions so some acknowledgement that it is still on head office’s radar would be reassuring.
At a joint union meeting on EMT, Stagecoach management suggested that employee contributions might need to be raised to 27.5%; this kind of thing is probably being repeated in many companies. It would be helpful if the unions could produce some joint communiqué regularly updated with information like this.
A resolution to RMT's national signalling grades conference declares that any attack on the benefits of the final salary pension scheme should be met by an immediate ballot for industrial action. Quite right too.