“No significant movement from government over ‘pay more, work longer, get less’ since N30” – Serwotka

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Senior PCS reps have unanimously called for further co-ordinated industrial action if the government continues to refuse to negotiate on what they describe as key issues public sector pensions.

The union’s national executive has also agreed that if the government follows through on a threat to exclude PCS – which represents 250,000 civil and public servants – from future discussions it would consider taking legal action and ask the TUC to back a challenge to the move.

A number of public sector unions – notably in in the civil service and education – representing an estimated one million workers have already either rejected or refused to sign up to the government’s ‘heads of agreement‘ offer.

PCS estimates that increased staff contributions from April, linking the retirement age to the rising state pension age and the switch in indexation for pensions would amount to a cut in the value of pensions of between 15% and 20%.

The decision comes 24 hours before tomorrow’s meeting at the TUC of the 29 unions involved in the 30th November strike (below) over the government’s pension plans.

The PCS executive also agreed that it would reconvene for a special meeting next Thursday (19th January) to consider the positions of the other public sector unions and the possibility of further industrial action.

PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka said: “From the very start ministers have quite obviously tried to suffocate the pensions talks, to bully and mislead, and to impose their will on millions of civil servants, teachers, council staff and health workers.

“We have told ministers we expect to be included in any future discussions. But we are clear that, with no significant movement since two million public servants took strike action together on 30 November, further co-ordinated industrial action will be necessary to stop these unfair and entirely unnecessary plans.”

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