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Pension disputes

Pensions under Attack  The AGM for the new single UeL branch on 1st Feb 2012 passed a resolution confirming the branch support for the continuing action over the pensions dispute. The resolution was passed unanamously.

This Branch endorses the 20 January decision of the UCU NEC, alongside the NUT, PCS, UCAC and Unite, to reject the government's "Heads of Agreement" proposals.

The branch congratulates the UCU and NUT executives for voting to call further nationally coordinated strike action in March (specific date to be agreed) alongside other unions.

The branch recognises the urgency of the situation in that the Government intends to impose contribution increases from 1 April, and that;

  • under the proposals, public sector workers will continue to pay more to work longer for less;
  • the main issues of the dispute remain unresolved - the change from RPI to CPI for pensions in payment, the increase in employee contributions, the extension of the Normal Retirement Age to State Retirement Age, and the abolition of the Final Salary scheme;
  • the new proposals represent no substantial improvement on what was on offer before the strike by over 2.5 million public sector workers on 30 Novemberand that, therefore, in common with the other 'rejectionist' unions, do not warrant a membership ballot at this time.

The branch supports:

  • the decision of the NEC that our General Secretary (GS) will meet the leaders of other 'rejectionist' unions and to invite them to join with UCU in a nationwide strike to defend public sector
    pensions in March.
  • the call for the NEC's plans to be debated across UCU branches and regions and for branches and regions to begin preparations for further action including the national strike in March.
  • the call for escalating action, alongside other unions as quickly as possible after the action in march including coordinated regional rolling strike action as well as more nationally coordinated strikes.

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