this is the page that was created in November 2011 to emphasise the coming 30th Nov strike, all comment text kindly by Arthur ASCII

Your Union is always ready to fight your corner and help YOU when you're in need. Please do the right thing now and help US by joining the day of action on 30th November.

You aren't being disloyal - This is about the attack on our pensions and our action will indirectly help our Police Officer colleagues whose pension terms and conditions are also under threat.

It'll cost you a days pay (fifty-odd quid), but Unison will pay your pension contribution for the day and we've set up a hardship fund for those that cannot afford to lose the money.

Furthermore, if the Government's unnecessary changes are implemented, you will lose more than a day's pay each and every month!

There is a conspiracy theory doing the rounds that those who withdraw their labour will be targeted for any future redundancies - utter tosh. This would be both illegal and immoral and any Force trying to do that would face a massive payout in compensation claims.

Please stand with us and help us to defend your pension.


click here for strike faq


members only topic, register or log in to view

1. read the strike FAQ so that you know what's what, issued by UNISON on 21st November, 2011

2. LOG IN to the site and add your views on whats going on, we have 5 pages on the topic so far

The economic crisis in the UK was not caused by excessive public spending or the ‘gold-plated’ pensions and pay of public sector workers. It was caused by a recession triggered by the banking collapse of 2007. Now there is a crisis of fairness in which those who caused the economic mess are forcing everyone else in society to pay for it.

Rather than concentrating on £120 billion in taxes which are uncollected, avoided or evaded each year, the government aims to attack the pensions of hard working public sector employees in our community. A quarter of all tax relief on pensions, amounting to more than £10bn annually, goes to the richest 1% in the country. We hear about gold-plated public sector pensions, yet the real gilded pensions are to be found in the boardrooms of private companies that have abandoned provision for their workforces.

There is a myth that public sector workers receive “gold plated” pensions. However most teachers receive a pension of less than £10,000 per annum after a lifetime working to educate children. The average civil service pension is £4,200 per year. The average pension for a woman worker in local government is just £2,600.

The government want our members to:-

• Work longer – up to the age of 68

• Contribute more – on average 3.3% more, despite a freeze in salary for public sector workers

• Receive less

And all the extra money will go straight to the Treasury, because the simple fact is that Local Government Pension Schemes are fully funded and cash rich (they have assets of 4 billion pounds - enough to pay every pensioner for 20 years even if no-one ever paid another pension contribution) to bail out the bankers!

Doesn't that make you want to send the Government a strong message that robbing from the poor to pay the rich is just plain wrong, and that you wont stand for it?

There will of course always be those who will not join their colleagues who are taking action. They often salve their consciences by saying that they "don't agree with unions". Interestingly, we spend each and every day working alongside Police Officers, every one of whom is a member of a "closed shop" union called the "Police Federation" that has the same structure as any other Union, holds conferences, represents members, lobbies in Parliament etc. The big difference is that they allowed some of their "dangly bits", notably the right to strike, to be cut off many years ago after they had taken massive industrial action, striking in order to improve their terms and conditions of service and ensuring that any Police Officer who hadn't supported their strike was sacked! Even MORE interestingly, Fire Fighters, who are still unionised, not having been tempted down the "federated" route, have achieved better terms, conditions and pensions than Police Officers through the hard work of their Union and by sticking together.

I hope that the sacrifice of Police Staff who are brave enough to send a strong message to the Government, sees good results through the eventual success of our campaign.

Those who choose not to stand alongside us will, I am sure, have the decency to donate any cash saved for them by the actions of their colleagues to a worthy charity, rather than hypocritically "trousering" it.