Green Party pledges support for strikes in protest at 'unfair and unjust pension cuts' and welcomes Labour Link's decision to suspend campaiging activity for the Labour Party until the dispute has been resolved
Over one million of the country's most essential public sector workers will go on strike on 28 March to protest at unfair and unjust cuts to local government pensions, the Joint Union Strike Team (JUST) announced today. (1)
The strike is planned because the Government refuses to give protection for existing members of their pension scheme. Unison members have told the Green Party that "Unison Labour Link", the structure by which the giant public services union Unison deals with its relations with the Labour Party, has suspended its support for Labour.
Green Party Home Affairs Speaker Rajeev Thacker said: "Members of nine of the country's biggest unions have overwhelmingly voted "YES" to strike action because the Government and the Local Government Association refuse to pay out what they promised on the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS).
"The Government wants to get rid of the Rule of 85, with only limited protection for existing members. LGPS members will have to keep working until they are 65, even though they have been paying 6% of their salary into the pension scheme and planning for their retirement for years.
"The Green Party stand alone as a viable political party willing to support LGPS members in their decision to take strike action to demand fair treatment over pension rights.
"We welcome news from UNISON members that Labour link has decided to suspend campaigning for the Labour Party during the dispute."