27 April 2012
More than nine in 10 of those voting in a consultative ballot rejected the public sector pension proposals which will force people to pay more, work longer and get less retirement income.
The Unite national industrial committee, representing more than 25,000 government staff, such as vehicle maintenance workers, technicians, drivers and storemen, voted unanimously for action.
The Unite members are joining their NHS colleagues alongside hundreds of thousands of public sector workers across the civil service, the health service and education in a nationwide day of action against the government’s public sector pensions’ proposals.
PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka said the union was delighted by Unite members’ decision to take action to stop the attacks on their pensions.
Unite general secretary Len McCluskey said: “The emphatic rejection of the proposals by our MoD and government department members makes clear that ministers need to return to the negotiating table for genuine and meaningful talks.
“Unite members in the MoD and the NHS will be joining with other public sector employees in protest against the fact that the government has continually ridden roughshod over public sector workers.”
Read the Unite press statement.