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United Action to Defend Public Sector Pensions

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We the undersigned UNISON members, call upon UNISON's leaders not to allow the Tory-led Government to undermine the unity of the public service trade unions in the fight to defend our pensions. There are common issues across all schemes: • The switch to the Consumer Prices Index (CPI) to uprate pensions, which will cut the value of all our pensions by 15%. • The threat to exclude private sector workers from public sector schemes, which would make privatisation even more profitable for companies. • Proposal to increase normal retirement age from 65 to 68. • Proposal to change from ‘final salary’ to ‘career average’ schemes. • Proposal to increase contribution rates. We recognise that the differences between the various pension schemes may lead to different proposals in different sectors. But in the absence of cast-iron guarantees from the Government to abandon any of its key attacks across all of the schemes, "scheme-specific" negotiations must not be used to undermine nationally co-ordinated action across the entire public sector. Instead of further delay around the question of a ballot, we call upon UNISON to back early united public sector strike action to secure gains for all public sector workers, in all unions and all schemes. We further call for UNISON to take the lead in setting a proposed date for the commencement of united strike action across the public services to defend all our pension schemes.

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