Men fight and lose the battle, and the thing that they fought for comes about in spite of their defeat, and when it comes turns out not to be what they meant, and other men have to fight for what they meant under another name. (William Morris - A Dream of John Ball)

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Defend pension rights at Aberystwyth University

Solidarity and good wishes to UNISON members at Aberystwyth University, contemplating strike actionas a result of an attack on their pension rights.

The university is consulting on plans that would see the final-salary pension for 600 support workers at the bottom of the pay scale replaced with an insurance-based defined-contribution scheme.

The move would see some staff members lose 60 per cent of their pension pot.

Pensions are deferred pay and an attack on pensions is just a pay cut deferred into our old age, to take effect when we are no longer at work and able to resist it.

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