In a victory for common sense UNISON elected lay reps have voted to continue with negotiationsover Local Government and NHS pensions.
This morning there was a two hour Pension Summit with 250 senior lay reps present were it was clear that an overwhelming majority of branches, up and down the country, wanted negotiations to continue. While reserving the right to call further action if these talks break down. Their was near unanimous agreement that there had been a significant improvement in the offer over pensions and that we had a duty to talk not walk.
Next there were separate detailed briefings on the Local Government and NHS pension schemes after which the different Service Group Executive's (SGE) met and debated on what to do next. I am really pleased that all the SGE's voted to talk further.
One sour point in an otherwise positive and constructive day is that it is clear that certain "individuals" outside the union have been telling completely despicable lies about UNISON and trying to interfere in our internal democratic process. Now while I can respect the opinion of those who genuinely feel that UNISON have made a wrong call. This is the decision of our democratically elected representatives. What many UNISON reps will not tolerate is unrepresentative, ultra left sects playing out their toy town revolutionary fantasies at our expense. We will not do what we are told to do and think by rule or ruin wreckers and splitters.