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From The Socialist newspaper, 29 June 2006

Hands off civil servants' pension rights

Public services not private profit campaign lobby of parliament - photo Paul MattssonHEADLINES SUCH as "No. 10 orders shock U-turn on pensions," (Sunday Times, 25 June) infuriated trade unionists in the civil service.

They were based on a 'leaked' memo from the Cabinet Office to John Prescott. This suggests that the government was considering reneging on assurances that protected existing pensions entitlements for current civil servants and forcing workers to make far bigger contributions.

An activist in the largest civil service union, PCS, told the socialist: "If there's any hint that the government intends to renege on its current set of promises, there will be a massive backlash from union members. Civil service workers are spitting blood. They thought we were safe after last year's settlement.

"PCS's national executive will hopefully be considering the new scheme proposals at its July meeting. That meeting should be able to consider the full range of proposals and then what recommendations it will be making to members for action.

"Members are waiting anxiously. PCS members' vote for action on pensions was bigger than that on jobs. Industrial action could be back on the agenda for civil service workers."

 

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