17 December 2011

Don’t give up the pensions fight

The government’s “final offer” is no improvement. There is no extra money on offer. The government still wants public sector workers to work longer, pay more and get less. They haven’t moved on core issues:

* Fifty percent rise in pension contributions.
* Normal pension age to rise to the state retirement age. Retirement at 68 for those 34 and under.
* Pensions indexed at CPI instead of RPI. A cut for all existing pensioners.

We agree with those union general secretaries who are against accepting this offer. We ask all union general secretaries, if it was right to strike against these proposals on November 30th how it can be right to accept them now? Ordinary trade union members have demonstrated their determination to resist these unfair and unnecessary changes; we call on our trade union leaders reject the Government’s bullying tactics and reject their unacceptable offer.

Alex Kenny – NUT Executive member (Inner London)
Andrew Baisley – Camden NUT branch secretary
Dave Harvey – NUT Executive member (Outer London)
Martin Powell-Davis – NUT Executive member (Inner London)
Mark Campbell – UCU Executive member
Liz Lawrence – UCU Executive member
Sean Vernell – UCU Executive member
Loraine Monk – UCU Executive member
Christine Vie – UCU Executive member
David Armstrong – UCU Executive member
Guy Stoate – UCU Executive member

Sign the statement here: http://bit.ly/sVyIla
View the signatories here: http://bit.ly/rJ8SGJ

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