Council workers converge on Parliament to lobby for pension rights

More than 1,000 dinner ladies, teaching assistants and other council workers from across the UK converged on Parliament yesterday to lobby MPs over cuts to pension rights.
 
They joined members from 10 other trade unions to put pressure on MPs to broker a deal for members of the local government pension scheme.


Local government employers want to cut pension rights, but are offering only limited protection for existing scheme members.
 
Dave Prentis, Unison general secretary, said: “This has been going on for far too long, and time is running out on local government pensions.
 
“We are in talks and are serious about negotiating a decent settlement and a new-look scheme, but if talks break down, we will ballot for strike action.”
 
Earlier this year, more than one million council workers took strike action to defend their pension rights – the biggest strike since the General Strike of 1926.

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