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Unison mulls pensions deal

Issue No. 2004

The Unison union’s local government service group executive was meeting this week to consider key issues in the fight over pensions.

Employers have offered unions a deal which would protect the pension rights of a section of present workers, but worsen them for most of the present staff and all future workers.

Union leaders want members to simply note this offer and proceed with negotiations. But many activists think the deal is grossly inadequate and betrays the spirit of the great strike on 28 March.

An open letter to this week’s meeting has been gathering support. It calls on the service group executive to reject the present proposals as completely unacceptable and subject any further proposed settlement to a ballot of all affected members – all in line with Unison’s conference policy. On Monday of this week the Cymru/Wales regional local government committee passed a motion to sign the open letter.

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Sat 10 Jun 2006, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 2004
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