RCM members begin consultation on whether to accept or reject government’s final offer


Midwives are today deciding whether or not to accept the government’s final pensions offer.

The consultation among RCM members begins today and ends on April 23rd.

Chief executive Cathy Warwick said: “We canvassed our members’ views on this during negotiations. However, this is our members’ chance to formally have their say on this vitally important issue.”

A recent RCM survey showed that midwives’ biggest concern is working longer – the proposed scheme sets the retirement age equal to members’ state pension age – so in the future midwives will be working on stretched and busy maternity units at the age of 68, and later if the state pension age goes up. Midwives have concerns that this will have a profound effect on the quality of maternity services and their ability to provide the level of care that women expect and deserve.

Cathy Warwick said: “Although the offer sets retirement age equal to state pension age, the negotiations leading to the final offer have achieved protection for those nearest retirement age and a significantly improved accrual rate. We are now giving midwives the opportunity to decide if they accept or reject the final offer.

“We are urging RCM members to respond to the consultation, and while we are not making a recommendation to them this is the best that can be achieved by negotiation and, they should take this opportunity to have their say on their pension.”

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