The government has issued new proposals for local government pensions.
Although there are some concessions, they still mean increased contributions for a worse scheme. At present workers pay 6 percent of their wages into the scheme. Now there will be 5.5 percent on the first £12,000 pay and 7.5 percent on pay above £12,000.
The small decrease for those who get less than £12,000 won’t make the scheme genuinely affordable, while the increase for those above £12,000 is a real blow. There is no increased protection for those who have lost out due to the abolition of the previous “rule of 85”.
The latest proposals concerning pensions when people are made redundant are in some ways even worse than the original plans!
The Unison union has called for lobbying for improvements on the scheme. It has not yet mentioned plans to renew the industrial action which was halted after one magnificent strike last year.
The leadership of the union has finally agreed a date for the special conference on pensions on Tuesday 6 March which branches called for by supporting a motion from Kirklees branch.
Consultation continues until 28 February. Unless the plans are greatly improved after that, then the conference must launch a strike campaign.