Unite response to the government’s public sector pension proposals

The government outlined revised proposals to the TUC unions and to Parliament today (2 November 2011).

This statement supplements the agreed TUC joint statement.

The government has made a change in its original proposals, but it is small relative to the losses their overall proposals involve. Unite, with other unions, is committed to continuing negotiations to try and improve the offer further.

Unite assistant general secretary, Gail Cartmail said:

"If it wasn't for the strength of feeling amongst public sector workers, the government would have never made this change to their original and dreadful proposals. This is welcome, but it is a first step. Now the negotiations with the government can begin in earnest, but there is no time to waste. There is still along way to go and Unite remains committed to the Day of Action on 30 November.

"It is absolutely vital that we continue to campaign and keep up the fantastic work union representatives and members are doing across the public sector to defend public sector pensions."

ENDS

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