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Support grows for pensions conference

Issue No. 2027

Unison union leaders have been forced by pressure from the rank and file to back the call for a special conference on pensions.

It is likely to take place on 14 February.

The local government service group executive met last week and again supported the call for a special conference.

The service group executive had previously supported the call, but this had not been agreed by the national executive who referred it to another committee.

However, the union’s presidential team has now indicated support and the national executive on 6 December is expected to agree a timetable for it.

The decision is the result of the motion put forward by Kirklees branch, which has now won support from well over the minimum of branches required under the rules.

Kirklees believes that at least 89 branches representing at least 35 percent of the membership made the request.

Branches across Britain are mobilising for the pensions lobby of parliament on Wednesday 22 November.

Workers are angry about the lack of full protection as the previous scheme is abolished, and want a scheme at least as good as the one they currently have.

The government intends to publish draft regulations about the new look scheme on 30 November but will then “consult” until 22 February 2007 and lay the regulations before parliament on 10 March.

The 14 February conference could therefore still be in time to launch a ballot for strike action.

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Sat 18 Nov 2006, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 2027
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