Health workers to vote on pensions
Thursday 22 March 2012
Almost half a million health workers are to vote on the Government's controversial public sector pension reforms, with rejection leading to the prospect of fresh industrial action.
Unison said its 450,000 NHS members, including nurses, therapists, paramedics, cooks, cleaners and porters, will vote in the coming weeks on whether to accept proposals for a new pension scheme.
Christina McAnea, Unison's head of health, said: "The union will be giving full and open information on what it will mean for individual members' pensions, so they are in the best position to make an informed decision.
"We are still disappointed that the proposals don't meet all our aspirations for health workers, particularly around the retirement age, but the ballot papers will also recognise that rejecting the offer would require members to take further industrial action.
"We have given a commitment from day one that it is for our members to decide and we are keeping to that commitment. This is a massive consultation exercise, far bigger than any other in the trade union movement."
Unison said the proposals maintained a defined benefit scheme with a move towards career average in 2015, while health workers earning less than £26,000 a year will not see an increase in their pension payments this year.
Unison took part in last year's huge strike by more than one-and-a-half million workers.
The National Union of Teachers (NUT) today said it will be debating a priority motion on pensions at its Easter conference next month.
The union also took part in last year's walkout, and its London members are due to stage a one-day strike next Wednesday as part of the NUT's continued campaign against the Government's pension plans.
NUT general secretary Christine Blower said the wording of the motion had not yet been decided.
She said: "Clearly what it will be about is how we maintain momentum of a campaign which is, necessarily, a longish campaign, and what the milestones in that campaign are."
- 1 Planes go hybrid-electric in important step to greener flight
- 4 Hip hop is both racial and political, and for Iggy Azalea to suggest otherwise is insulting
- 5 Man hospitalised with pneumonia after downing eggnog at office Christmas party
Antonio Martin shooting: Black teenager may have tried to ambush patrolman, says police officer's lawyer
Orphan kangaroos spend Christmas without their parents
Northern Lights above Britain: Stunning Aurora Borealis illuminates Northumberland sky on Christmas Eve
New route to Mars could make manned mission much cheaper and easier
Isis 'did not shoot down Jordan war plane' before capturing pilot, says US
British actor Idris Elba cannot star as James Bond because he is black, says shock jock Rush Limbaugh
Rozanne Duncan: Ukip expels councillor for 'jaw-dropping' comments made in BBC TV interview
Germany anti-Islam protests: 17,000 march on Dresden against 'Islamification of the West'
Ukip member gets into Christmas spirit with Union Flag plea to Santa 'for our country back'
BBC director Danny Cohen: Rising UK antisemitism makes me feel more uncomfortable than ever
Alex Salmond has 'broken his word to the Scottish people' says Scottish Lib Dem leader
£20000 - £35000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This full service social media ...
£24000 - £35000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: We are 'Changemakers in retail'...
Very Competitive: Austen Lloyd: Senior Conveyancer - South West We are see...
Excellent Salary: Austen Lloyd: DORSET MARKET TOWN - SENIOR PROPERTY SOLICITOR...