21 November 2011
The action on 30 November will involve up to 3 million public sector workers striking together to stop the government’s pensions robbery.
The government plans to make us pay more and work longer for less pension. Higher contributions will go straight to the Treasury to pay off the deficit caused by the bankers.
Our pensions are:
This is our opportunity to stand together to say we will not allow our pensions to be robbed to pay for a crisis we did not cause.
Please support the action on 30 November. There will be rallies and marches across the UK on the day and try and make it along with your friends and family. Your local branch will also welcome all support on pickets lines on the day too. The one day strike will be followed by an overtime ban from 1–31 December.
Both the strike and the overtime ban are authorised by members’ vote for action in the June ballot.
You may have recently heard that the government has offered transitional protection for over 50s. However, those within 10 years of retirement still face paying higher contributions (an extra £63.36 a month for the average member), and lose over £16,000 in retirement as their pension will be uprated by the CPI measure of inflation rather than RPI.
We are taking part in government talks on public sector pensions and will continue to meet at every opportunity to seek a negotiated settlement. But we need to deliver the biggest strike action ever to show this government that we are not prepared to work longer and pay more for a worse pension.
Mark Serwotka Janice Godrich
General secretary President