Friday, December 01, 2006

Where are the draft pension Regulations?

I understand that the special meeting of the UNISON Local Government Service Group Executive (SGE) due to take place on Monday to consider the dispute over the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) has been cancelled. The draft pension Regulations announced by Phil Woolas last week have not yet appeared.

I won’t be popping Champagne corks about this (unless the Islington UNISON branch Xmas drinks are going up market this year…) Unless the Government have a truly dramatic change of heart we are going to have to ballot for further strike action – and the SGE meet again on 14 December in any case. UNISON members need to step up our campaign to defend the LGPS. Labour MPs in particular need to be made to understand the political damage they will do to the Party if the Government does not offer equitable treatment to members of the LGPS.

Nevertheless, it is always good to see the appearance of hesitation and indecision on the other side in a dispute – even if it is only the appearance. Thanks to John McDermott for the information btw.

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