Posted on Sat 17th March 2012 by admin2
n a consultation ballot held by the union – representing more than half of all staff in the civil service and its related agencies – 90.5% of respondents rejected the government’s proposals for a new pension scheme.
In what is the largest vote for action in any national ballot the union has held, 72.1% said they supported continuing the campaign, including with further industrial action alongside other unions. The turnout was 32.8%.
The union says this overwhelming rejection should bring the government back to the negotiating table to talk about the key issues over which ministers have consistently refused to move:
- Increasing contributions from 1 April, with the money raised going to the Treasury to pay off the deficit
- Linking the normal pension age with the state pension age, set to rise to 68 and possibly beyond
- Devaluing pensions through the imposed switch in inflation indexation, which is still subject to a legal appeal in the High Court
The union’s national executive committee will meet on Monday 19 March to consider the results alongside the latest positions of the other unions, and make a decision on the way forward.
PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka said: “Civil and public servants can see that this government simply wants to make them pay for the mistakes of bankers and politicians, and have rejected by a massive margin this attack on their pensions.
“Ministers must now seriously engage in negotiations on the core issues if they want a settlement.
“The vote shows we remain committed to resisting this government’s attacks on pensions, jobs and pay, and to working with other unions to build further co-ordinated industrial action.”
EIS to enter pensions discussions with Scottish Government
Scotland’s largest teaching union, the Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS) has agreed to enter into formal discussions with the Scottish Government and local authorities regarding the future design of the Scottish Teachers’ Superannuation Scheme (STSS).
The EIS and its members have been lobbying Ministers, MPs and MSPs to persuade the Scottish Government to enter into negotiation on the future design of the STSS. This has now borne fruit and the Scottish Government and local authorities have now agreed to negotiate with teachers’ representatives.
As a result of the decision to enter negotiations with the employers’ side on pensions, the EIS Executive committee has today (Thursday) decided to suspend plans for a day of industrial action on 28 March. This had been planned as the latest stage of the combined union campaign on pensions. Fellow teaching unions south of the border have already decided to suspend national industrial action on this date, which opens the opportunity to consider a Scottish solution on pensions.
The EIS had been seeking the views of members regarding further industrial action on pensions in a consultative ballot which closed today (Thursday). EIS members displayed strong support for continuing action on pensions, with 74% of those voting supporting further action.
Commenting EIS General Secretary Ronnie Smith said, “The EIS Executive meeting today decided that entering into negotiation with the Scottish Government and employers offers the opportunity to find a Scottish solution to pension provision. The EIS is clear that further future action will be contemplated if satisfactory progress in pensions cannot be achieved in Scotland.”