United Kingdom -Two unions agree on further talks on local government pensions -January 6, 2012

The main municipal workers' unions, UNISON and GMB, have agreed to undertake negotiations on changes to the local government pension scheme following commitments from the local government employers and the government. This follows the public sector-wide strike action on pensions on 30 November 2011 and confusion over the government position just before Christmas. The two unions now think there is a reasonable framework for negotiations and that the feared significant short-term increase in employee contribution rates will not now take place. The Unite trade union has rejected proposals on the health sector (NHS) pension scheme. Earlier the main civil service union, PCS, had also rejected the latest government offer which it says will mean higher contributions, less protection against inflation and a retirement age rising to 68. Also, NASUWT and NUT, the two largest teachers' unions, have demanded further talks with the government after refusing to sign up to pension reforms (See also this Collective Bargaining Newsletter Year 4 April, May, June, July-August, September, October and November 2011).

English:  http://www.epsu.org/cob/451;     http://www.epsu.org/cob/453
http://www.unison.org.uk/asppresspack/pressrelease_view.asp?id=2559
http://www.gmb.org.uk/newsroom/latest_news/local_government_pensions ...
http://www.unitetheunion.org/news__events/latest_news/unite_unanimously ...
http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2012/jan/06/teaching-unions-refuse-sign ...

 

This article was published in the Collective Bargaining Newsletter. It aims to facilitate information exchange between trade unions and to support the work of ETUC's collective bargaining committee. For more information, please contact the editor Maarten van Klaveren, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies (AIAS) M.vanKlaveren@uva.nl or the communications officer of the ETUI, Mariya Nikolova mnikolova@etui.org. You may find further information on the ETUI at www.etui.org, and on the AIAS at www.uva-aias.net. © ETUI aisbl, Brussels 2012.


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