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Unions reject government's divisive health offer

by Patrick Ward
Issue No. 2283

Unions and health workers have rejected the latest Tory attempts to rob their pensions.

Proposals set out by the Treasury on Thursday of last week were a desperate attempt to pit health workers against one another.

The plans propose NHS workers earning less than £26,500 should not pay more for their pensions—until 2013.

Meanwhile, those on salaries over this level will be forced to pay up to an extra 2.4 percent in pension contributions.


The Tories are sticking to the line that making public sector workers pay more, work longer and receive less back is the only way to curb “unaffordable” pensions.

But the NHS pensions scheme collects £2 billion more each year than it pays out.

The extra money raised from the attack on pensions would go towards paying off the deficit caused by bailing out the banks.

Andy, a nurse in east London, rejected the Tories’ latest pension proposals.

“They’re trying to pit the lowest paid health workers against the others,” he told Socialist Worker.

“Their offer basically says ‘Don’t pay now, pay later’. That’s not a serious offer.

“If they think this will stop health workers fighting for decent pensions, they are in for a surprise.”

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