Monday, October 3, 2011

Local Government Pension Scheme Ballot.

UNISON is asking its members to vote YES in the ballot for industrial
action to protect public sector pensions.

Scottish Ministers have said they will not impose the UK Ministers
plan to increase contributions. However,  they have given no assurances on
other changes including making you work longer and changing the way
your pension is calculated so you will get a smaller pension on retirement.
UK Ministers have already cut the value of your pension when you
retire and are also planning to impose further changes on Scotland through UK legislation.

Public service pay has been frozen while inflation soars. There have
been widespread redundancies, cuts to pay and conditions and closures
of the vital services our communities rely on.

This unprecedented attack on pensions is the final straw.

UNISON is balloting for strike action initially to start on 30

We are also working with other trade unions and community groups to
organise local and national protests in support of public sector

We need a big YES vote and a high turnout to send a clear and united
message to ministers that "enough is enough" and to help persuade them
to withdraw their current unfair and unjustified attacks on pensions.

The ballot opens on 11 October and closes on 3 November.

Please spread the word so that your colleagues in UNISON vote YES in
the ballot. There are posters and leaflets to put up and hand out, and
plenty of information on our websites. There will be a ballot hotline
open from 17-31 October on 0845 355 0845.
Please vote YES to protect your pension.