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From The Socialist newspaper, 23 March 2006

Hands off our pensions!

All out on 28 March

BY MASSIVE majorities, 1.5 million council workers have voted to take national strike action on 28 March.
They are angry that the Labour government and the Tory-chaired Local Government Association still intend to go ahead with the attack upon council workers' pension rights.
UNISON members voted 80% in favour, TGWU members voted 8:1 in favour and members of another nine unions also voted by big majorities to take strike action.
Jean Thorpe, a member of UNISON's national executive, told the socialist, in a personal capacity:

 "This strike will be solid. The latest scandal affecting New Labour makes members even more angry. They see the obscenity of a government giving peerages to its cronies whilst attacking the pensions of low-paid workers. UNISON members want to do all they can to defend their hard-won pension rights."

The main attack is on the right to retire at 60. At the moment the '85-year rule' means that if you are 60 and have been a member of the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) for at least 25 years, you can retire at 60. The bosses want to take this right away from those currently below the age of 53.

The employers have conceded that their figures are wrong - but they will be making the changes anyway. The unions have shown that, even on the basis of the government's own figures, there would be enough savings to give complete protection for all existing members.

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Hands off our pensions!

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Fight to save the NHS

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