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Health pensions

by Karen Reissmann, Unison health executive (pc)
Issue No. 2008

The Unison union health service executive voted last week to recommend a pensions deal which for 90 percent of health workers would involve an increase in contributions from 6 percent to 6.5 percent.

While 100,000 people would benefit, 1.2 million NHS workers would be worse off under the deal.

A proposal to postpone the decision, and so not endorse it at the final negotiating meeting next week, was only passed by one vote and a third of those present opposed recommending it to members.

The government is insisting all unions recommend the deal to their members.

Solidarity

It was argued that if we did not settle for this cut, they would present us with an even worse deal in autumn with Gordon Brown at the helm.

The Unison health executive have thrown away a chance to rebuild solidarity among public sector workers which could have saved all our pensions.

Instead we hear repetitions of the bosses and government lies that we cannot afford the pension time bomb.

The executive also postponed any decisions on the NHS anti-cuts campaign.

Unison head of health, Karen Jennings argued against a national demonstration saying it takes an awful lot of officer time to organise and is forgotten in a day.

The executive meet again on 19 July. Health workers, Unison health branches and NHS supporters should write to Karen Jennings, insisting that Unison follow conference policy and name the date for a national NHS demo.


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Sat 8 Jul 2006, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 2008
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