Members will have seen the coverage about our pensions being attacked and hopefully know that 13 public sector unions are now balloting for industrial action on 30th November.
The strike is being called to protect our pensions which are being attacked by the Government. In short the Government wants us to pay more, work longer and get less in our retirement and for many the changes will make the scheme unaffordable and so many current LGPS members may choose to opt out making it unsustainable in the longer term.
Not a penny of the increase in our contributions will go towards improving the pension scheme. Instead it will go to the Treasury to pay for the excesses of the bankers.
Whatever you think about the government we think everyone can agree that a decent pension is an essential part of your terms and conditions of employment and that’s why it’s so important that you vote in this ballot.
If you want to find out more about the changes being proposed or the ballot itself then please contact the branch on 0208 356 4062 or Unison Direct on 0845 355 0845.
You should receive your ballot paper within the next few days however if you do not receive a ballot paper by the 17th October please contact Unison Direct on 0845 355 0845.