Nipsa members take action after “abysmally deficient” government offer on pensions

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Public sector workers in Northern Ireland have voted ‘Yes’ to join strike action over pensions on November 30th.

Members of Nipsa (the Northern Ireland Public Service Alliance) voted 67% for strike action in a 43% turnout. They join members of ATL, NUT, PCS, UCU and UNISON in striking. A further 12 unions – AEP, Aspect, CSP, EIS, FDA, GMB, NASUWT, Prospect, SCP, SoR, UCAC and Unite – are balloting their members. The POA, whose members are denied the right to strike, says it will take action anyway.

A statement from Nipsa said: “Our General Council gave consideration to the government’s latest proposals on public service pensions and concluded that while the offer was a very small step in the right direction it was abysmally deficient as a means of resolving the dispute about pensions.

“In particular, we noted:

  • there was no withdrawal or alternative to the plans to significantly increase employee contributions at a time when salaries were effectively frozen
  • the government would not restore the inflation mechanism for uprating public service pensions in payment from the CPI to RPI
  • the government still expects public servants to work until 66 (with effect from 2020) before they receive their pensions.”

General secretary Brian Campfield said: “We shall be co-operating with the other public sector trade unions to ensure that the strike on November 30th is a success.”


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