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We haven't gone away over pensions

Trade unionists spoke to Socialist Worker about the ongoing fight to save public sector pensions

Issue No. 2292

Kevin Courtney, deputy general secretary, NUT

“The government shouldn’t think the pensions issue has gone away.

The movement is picking up again. Everywhere I’ve done a meeting there’s been a vote for action.

There’s real potential for a bigger strike than the one on 30 June last year.

The government remains committed to making teachers and other public sector workers work longer, pay more and get less.

We think it’s fanciful to expect teachers to work until they are 68. It’s physically impossible.

Teachers should be calling school meetings to get people together and get the biggest vote for action in the consultation ballot.”

Marianne Owens, PCS (pc)

“We have a large branch with 2,500 members on different sites and shifts. So our reps are going around making sure everyone votes for action.

We’ve suggested to people that they bring in their ballot papers so we can send them off together.

In smaller workplaces people might find it better to call a car park meeting where people can use their phones to vote all at once.”

Frank Wood, Unite (pc)

“Unite’s health sector begins its consultative ballot this week. Unite is holding workplace meetings to build for rejection.

Health workers are angry at the attacks and want action. Activists must turn workplace meetings into organising meetings.

The union should be clear that we intend to strike—effective, coordinated and for the day.”

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Tue 28 Feb 2012, 18:49 GMT
Issue No. 2292
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