Statement after Pensions Meeting, 3rd November 2011

A meeting of the TUC’s Public Services Liaison Group (PSLG) at Congress
House in London today (Wednesday) agreed the following statement:

“At the meeting earlier today Danny Alexander and Francis Maude
outlined a number of new proposals to the TUC negotiating team, including an
improvement in the proposed accrual rates within the major public service
schemes compared to their previous position, and new proposed transitional
protections for those closest to retirement. They also indicated a long-term
commitment to any agreed reforms not being reopened within the next 25 years.

“The PSLG welcomed this movement in the government’s position which has
come as a direct result of the strength of feeling and determination shown by
public sector workers and the groundswell of support for the TUC’s day of
action at the end of this month.

“These proposals, and their detailed implications for the pensions
offer within each scheme, will now need to be considered in detail within the
sector specific negotiations, alongside all the other issues including proposed
contribution increases, increases in the pension age, and the impact of the
indexation change from RPI to CPI on which the government’s position remains

“All the unions have indicated throughout this process their
determination to reach a negotiated settlement on all these issues. That
remains the position and unions will engage intensively in the coming weeks.
But unless and until further real progress is made and acceptable offers are
made within those negotiations, unions remain firmly committed to continuing
their preparations for the planned day of action on November 30.

“A further meeting of the PSLG will be held in November to consider
reports on any progress made within the sector talks..”


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