My own personal blog. Newham Council Cabinet member for Housing Services & Chair of Investment & Accounts. Councillor for West Ham ward, UNISON Branch secretary, Regional Council Officer & NEC member, Pension & Charity Trustee, Centre left and proud member of Labour movement family.
Thursday, September 27, 2018
"Support our strike and say no to pension poverty and privatisation"
Support Staffordshire strike
Staffordshire University employers have announced that they will move
lower-paid staff into a “subco” or wholly-owned subsidiary company,
with the aim of cutting the pensions of mainly lower-paid women.
Our branch is currently in dispute over these changes. Our employer
wants to transfer grade 1-6 staff over to the new subco. This
would strip them of the local government pension scheme (LGPS) and
replace it with an inferior defined contribution scheme. This would
result in much lower pensions for the majority of these staff – who are
already the lowest paid and are mainly women.
In addition, it creates a two-tier pension scheme in the workplace,
where the better paid staff remain in the LGPS but the lower paid staff
Our members at Staffordshire University were recently balloted for
sustained strike action. On a 56% turnout over 80% voted yes for strike
action; and have embarked on a series of strike days.
We are asking UNISON branches to support us because this issue has
national implications and if the employers are successful, it will be
attractive to other universities looking to cut costs at the expense of
lower-paid workers and other areas of the public sector.
Make it payable to UNISON Staffordshire University and post it to:
Staffordshire University UNISON Branch
Stoke-on-Trent, ST4 2DE
Together we can stop this and protect fair pensions for our
Yours in solidarity,
Staffordshire University Branch
(letter of support and donation request to be considered at my UNISON branch F&GP meeting next week. Do not expect any problems with this request whatsoever. There will also be smodel motions condemning this thievery submitted to Labour Party CLPs/branches and all Councils.
This is disgraceful behaviour by Staffordshire University who are simply cheating their low paid workers and condemning them to retire and die in poverty)