Workers were set to finish voting over the future of the local government pension scheme (LGPS) this week. The Unite and Unison unions’ ballots are ending this Friday. The GMB union’s ballot ended last week.
Unfortunately, 95 percent of GMB members who voted decided to accept the deal after the union recommended it. The GMB represents around 250,000 workers in the scheme.
Campaigning materials from the union talked up the proposed new LGPS and said the positives of it were “under threat” if members did not sign up. The materials did not even explain that the unions had conceded the key demand—that the new scheme will force workers to retire at 68 or even later.
It now looks very likely that members of the other unions will also vote to accept the LGPS deal. But activists should still use these final days to maximise the “no” vote.
Every extra percentage point that goes against will show the union leaders that the will was there to fight further. This will help to stop their shoddy deals next time.