CSP joins ranks of November 30th mass action as list of unions taking part stretches to fifteen

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Physiotherapists are to be balloted on whether to strike over public sector pensions.

The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) is the fifteenth union to join plans for a mass day of action on November 30th.

ATL, NUT, PCS and UCU already have a mandate for strike action, while EIS, FBU, FDA, GMB, NASUWT, Prospect, UNISON and Unite have announced plans to ballot their members. The POA, whose members are denied the right to take strike action, says it will strike anyway.

The CSP’s Industrial Relations Committee (IRC) on Friday approved the ballot, which will begin at the end of October, after receiving feedback from a series of meetings with members across England, Scotland and Wales.

Committee members heard that many physiotherapists are angry at being asked to pay more for a reduced pension that they would have to work longer to receive.

Chair of the IRC Alex MacKenzie said: “This will be the first time in 31 years that physiotherapists have been balloted, which illustrates the severity of the situation.

“The CSP and other unions believe that the government is not truly committed to genuine negotiations on the key issues.

“Our aim remains a negotiated outcome but in the meantime we are reluctantly asking members to consider strike action.

“The NHS pension scheme – which was reformed only three years ago – is both affordable now and sustainable in the long-term. It should be remembered that £2bn more goes into the Treasury each year through contributions from workers than is paid out to retirees.

“These are not gold-plated retirement funds we’re talking about either; the average NHS pension is about £7,000 a year.

“To cut that  – in the most extreme cases by up to half – would be deeply unfair to physiotherapists and other NHS workers who already face a pay freeze and increased workloads as health service cuts start to bite.”

 


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