3-week postal ballot over changes to Local Government Pension Scheme will run from 31st July to 24th August (Pictured: UNISON members strike over pensions, November 2011)


UNISON has released the dates of a 3-week ballot among tens of thousands of local government workers over proposed changes to the local government pension scheme.

(Pictured: UNISON members strike over pensions, November 2011)

The postal vote will run from 31st July to 24th August.

UNISON and GMB negotiators concluded talks with Coalition government officials late last month on the terms of changes to the scheme which would take effect from 2014.

The LGPS has assets most recently estimated at £140bn. It is one of the largest institutional investors in the UK.

Before the ballot opens, officials say five of the union’s service group executives (local government, higher education, community and voluntary, police and justice and water, environment and transport) will meet to agree their recommendations on the proposals.

That decision will in turn be based on consultation with members via regions and branches.

UNISON says it is now briefing regions, branches and individual members on the terms of the proposals.

It says other LGPS unions and the employers’ organisation, the Local Government Association, will do the same.

Negotiations are continuing with officials in the Scottish SNP government over the future of public sector pensions north of the border.

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