Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Ambulance workers up for a fight over pensions

Having been ill for a few days now, my thoughts turn of course to the health service...



Hat tip to UNISON's London Ambulance Service Branch for the excellent news that our members in the ambulance service have overwhelmingly backed further industrial action over pensions (http://news.lasunison.eu/?p=543).



The Framework Agreement for the future NHS pension scheme, including the concession of a delay in contribution increases of one year for the majority of our members (about which I have blogged before - http://www.jonrogers1963.blogspot.com/2011/12/nhs-pensions-comments-on-commentary.html?m=1) has been described as the best that can be achieved by negotiation.



This gives our Health Service Group Executive (SGE) at its meeting next Tuesday two options, to accept the Agreement or to call for further action.



The Ambulance workers' ballot result (for action short of strike action) suggests at the very least that the second option ought not to be written off!

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