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Saturday, 17 December 2011

Possible breakthrough in LGPS negotiations

A joint local government union statement issued yesterday reports that a “very positive framework" has been agreed with employer representatives which would enable full negotiations on a reformed local government pension scheme (LGPS) to start in January:  http://www.unison.org.uk/acrobat/C7500.pdf

Details of the framework will be released early next week (if/when Government ministers endorse the agreement) but it is reasonable to infer from the joint union statement that significant concessions have been secured from the employers – a testimony to the overwhelming success of the #N30 strike mobilisation in local authorities and the sheer force of the union’s case about the calamitous consequences for the LGPS of increased employee contributions.

Already infantile ultra leftists - mainly from outside of the local government workforce - are raising calls of 'sell out', without any detailed knowledge of the draft agreement. That our national union negotiators are hailing the developments as "very positive" is good news for local government workers and other UNISON members within the scope of the LGPS.

UNISONActive will provide an analysis of the framework agreement as soon as it is available.