THE NATIONAL EXECUTIVE of Solidarity Trade Union has called upon all members and supporters to back the Day of Action on 30 November.
This has been organised by the Trade Unions Congress (TUC) to protest against the Con-Dem Government attack on the pensions of public sector workers.
The TUC web-site - http://pensionsjustice.org.uk/ - provides a simple guide to the issues involved. It notes:
“The government wants to make people pay more and work longer for a lot less. Despite hours of talks, ministers have yet to seriously negotiate.
Few understand all the detail of pensions, but the issue is simple.
Most public sector workers are modestly paid. Their pay has been frozen while the price of basics is shooting up. Now they are expected to pay an extra £3 billion a year for much worse pensions, by a government that cancelled the banker’s bonus tax that raised almost the same.
It’s wrong to make public sector workers pay an unfair contribution to reducing a deficit they did nothing to cause.
Unions want proper negotiations. We have done fair deals before. That is why the TUC has called a day of action for pensions justice on November 30. It’s a chance to stand up for decent pensions and tell ministers to start negotiating.”
Supporting the TUC call for national strike action this coming Wednesday, the General Secretary of Solidarity – Pat Harrington – noted:
“All blue and white collar workers should take industrial action. The people who make up the very backbone of our country – public servants like health and education workers – are being picked on by Cameron and Clegg.
Why should public and civil servants have their pensions decimated to pay for the mistakes of the bankers?
Solidarity supports all actions against the austerity measures of the Con-Dem regime.”