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Pensions round-up

Issue No. 2003

The Unison union is asking its branches to consult members on the next steps in the fight to defend the local government pensions scheme (LGPS). But the consultation is very narrow.

It asks branches whether members would rather wait for “the conclusion of negotiations and outcome of the judicial review”, or call for the reinstatement of strike action “before negotiations have been completed and before the outcome of the judicial review”.

The phrasing seems to support the idea that a decision should be left to union negotiators, not the national conference set to start on 18 June or a members’ ballot.

Meanwhile, Unison activists are circulating an open letter to the union’s local government executive, which is due to meet on 8 June. So far 150 have signed.

The letter calls for the rejection of existing proposals for the LGPS that would “not even offer lifelong protection for existing scheme members”.

Anger at BA

Leading union officials from British Airways’ four main unions have agreed to oppose the airline’s attacks on the company’s main pension scheme.

Many of BA’s 3,000 pilots have taken to wearing a union lanyard to carry their security passes at work bearing the logo “BeFairBA”.

BA wants to raise the pension age – for cabin crew from 55 to 65 and for pilots first from 55 to 60 and probably later to 65 when allowed by international regulations.

A meeting of negotiators from the T&G, GMB and Amicus unions, and the British Air Line Pilots Association called the proposals “extreme” and “unacceptable”.

Rail ballot

Thousands of workers in the RMT and TSSA rail workers’ unions are continuing to ballot for strikes to defend their pension schemes.

Railway companies have offered a commission to resolve the issues.

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