Public sector pay and pensions update: 21 August 2012

21 August 2012

Pensions

There are three days left to get No votes in on the shoddy local government government penions deal in the ballots by the Unite and Unison unions. Both ballots close on Friday 24 August.

Unfortunately there has been a 95% Yes vote on the deal in the GMB ballot. The Napo probation officers’ union has also accepted the deal, with a vote of 83% in favour.

But it is still important to get as many No votes as possible in the Unite and Unison ballots – every No vote in the face of heavy campaigning in favour by the unions’ leaderships will help to show that there is still opposition to the sell-out.

There is better news from members of the prison officers’ POA union, who have voted to reject the government’s pension proposals by 88%.

Pay – and a hot autumn

The NUT teachers’ union ballot for strikes over pay and conditions remains open until Thursday 6 September.

The ballot is aimed at giving the NUT a mandate for action in the autumn. The NUT’s pension strike vote is still live, while the NASUWT teachers’ union has live ballot results that will allow it to stage strikes in the autumn too.

The conference of the UCU lecturers’ union voted for its executive to support coordinated national strike action over pensions with other unions in the autumn. This should mean it joins the PCS civil service union and the NUT and NASUWT teaching unions in action.

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