IT’S BRILLIANT that the unions are getting together to fight this attack. We need to have a big impact and this is the way to do it. We have to involve all kinds of people in this campaign. Young workers and those who haven’t started work yet need to realise the government is taking away their futures.
I have a tough job, working as a support assistant in a secondary school. One thing that is good is the pension—you felt as though this showed your work was valued. Now we feel undervalued.
I’m a single parent with two kids. I’m fighting for myelf — and for my children.
Sharon Grainger, Unison school rep, east London
IS THERE any prospect of getting the government to reverse its proposal to worsen all public sector pension schemes? I think there is — it depends on some concerted, coordinated action from the public sector unions. That is why Natfhe is making plans to join Unison, PCS and the NUT to ballot for strike action.
John Wilkin, vice president, Natfhe lecturers’ union
I’m glad that PCS and Unison are balloting for action. The PCS can’t fight alone. A high turnout and high yes vote for action will send a message to Blair that we’re really angry.
Kate Douglas, PCS DWP Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire branch secretary