Day of action announced over public service pensions
Brendan Barber spoke at a press conference today, to give details of public service unions’ decisions on action to protect public service pensions, after the conclusion of Congress 2011. Unions held an urgent meeting immediately following Congress, to discuss the recent round of negotiations with the government and consider the next steps to defend decent pensions for millions of public services workers as part of the campaign for decent pensions for all.
The TUC and unions are committed to continuing talks with the government, and with the relevant employers in each of the separate major public service pensions schemes, but the government is urged to bring new proposals to the table urgently to make progress possible. Today’s meeting also agreed, however, given the failure of the government to engage properly in the negotiations, to step up the campaign and to hold a first day of action on Wednesday 30 November.
This call reflects the huge anger of public service workers over the threat to their pensions and the deep frustration over difficulties of securing government engagement in meaningful negotiations. This planned day of action will be an unprecedented coming together of the whole public service workforce and the communities they serve in a united demand for pensions justice.
Unions remain absolutely committed, in good faith, to seeking a fair negotiated settlement of this dispute so that this action will not be necessary. But the government needs to understand the strength of unions’ resolve reflected in today’s decision.