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Thursday, 10 March 2011

Public Sector Pensions - Hutton dressed as Cameron

UNISON has strongly condemned the proposals of the so called Independent Public Service Pensions Commission chaired by ex Labour minister John Huttton: http://www.unison.org.uk/asppresspack/pressrelease_view.asp?id=2212

Hutton proposes increasing worker contributions and raising of the retirement age for all public service workers thus repudiating the agreement reached between Government and Unions in 2005:

As Dave Prentis pointed out this morning on Radio 4's Today programme, the Coalition Government has treated the Commission with contempt - pre empting its findings on increased contributions with an announcement of a 50% increase in last October's Spending Review.

UNISON must now focus on engaging our membership in a campaign to defend Pensions with the following objectives:

· To ensure there are no detrimental changes to member’s pensions schemes, particularly the NHSPS and LGPS

· To influence government and pension fund stakeholders to understand the real impact of short term changes

· To ensure that UNISON structures and members gain a greater understanding of member pension schemes – to end the fog of pension jargon

· To ensure that UNISON structures are utilised so that members are fully consulted and prepared to defend their pension schemes against detrimental changes

· To ensure the campaign is incorporated into the overarching Defending Public Services and utilising the Million Voices campaign