Members of the Napo have voted overwhelmingly in favour of strike action on November 30th. They voted 83.3% “Yes”, on a turn out of 45%. General secretary Jonathan Ledger said: “Our members have sent the government a clear message. Its attack on their …

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Members of the Napo have voted overwhelmingly in favour of strike action on November 30th.

They voted 83.3% “Yes”, on a turn out of 45%.

General secretary Jonathan Ledger said: “Our members have sent the government a clear message. Its attack on their pension entitlement is not fair, not reasonable and not necessary. They have joined the hundreds of thousands of hard working public sector workers who are uniting in defence of their pensions, pensions earned after years of demanding work on behalf of our communities.

This union does not take strike action lightly. Our members care passionately about their work and remain committed to the best interests of the people whom they serve diligently every day. But they also believe in respect and fairness and this government is showing them none at a time when cuts and privatisation are creating uncertainty about the future. Their pensions are vital to our members, hard earned and essential for a secure and dignified retirement. The government needs to return to the negotiating table and make real and creditable changes to its pension proposals if this dispute is to be resolved.”

Napo joins Unite today in voting ‘Yes” bringing to 18 the number of unions involved in taking part in the TUC’s Mass Day of Action. Four more unions are awaiting the ballot results.

 


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