PCS member who originated petition says he is “elated and proud” that it has secured 100,000 signatures

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A petition started by a PCS member from Scotland has topped 100,000 signatures which means MPs have to consider debating the issue.

The petition, on a government website, criticises the change of the measure used to upgrade pensions from the Retail Price Index (RPI) to the usually-lower Consumer Price Index (CPI), which does not include rent, mortgages and other standard household costs.

Unions estimate the switch will cost people thousands of pounds over a lifetime – cutting 20% from the value of a pension over 20 years of retirement.

The petition was drawn up by Jim Singer, aged 59, who works for the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) in Aberdeen. He is a PCS member but not a union rep.

PCS President in the DWP Jane Aitchison said: “Jim has shown that one person can make a difference by inspiring 100,000 people to sign a petition.

“We are proud to have him as a member of our group.”

The petition follows co-ordinated strtike action by PCS and nearly 30 other unions on 30th November (above).

Unions have been meeting at the TUC today to consider the timing of any further industrial action in the New Year.

The group agreed with a PCS proposal to call on the government to provide the extra money necessary to reach a fair settlement.

PCS says progress has been made on peripheral issues, but talks with the government have not dealt with the central issues of staff paying more and working longer for a smaller pension.

Mark Serwotka, PCS general secretary, said: “The government has seen how strongly people feel about the attacks on pensions. Now is the time for real negotiations – which have to be with ministers, and have sufficient resources to reach a fair settlement.”

On the back of the petition, MPs in the PCS parliamentary group will now push for a debate on the issue.


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