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Robbing the retired

When we reach a certain age we expect to be able to live in dignity and comfort – often having worked hard all our lives. Yet the tragedy is that millions of pensioners live in poverty. Now in a political environment of illinformed and exaggerated claims about the burden of pensions, the Government has launched an unprecedented and comprehensive assault on our comfort in retirement. Scape-goating pensions for the economic crisis, the Con-Dem Coalition is leaving no stone unturned - attacking the state pension, public sector pensions and private sector occupational pensions.

There has been excessive hype about the cost of public sector pensions but there is nothing that is excessive or unwarranted about the current level of public service pensions. The recent media coverage has seemed to forget that public service employees have paid for their pensions either by way of actual contributions or by way of salary sacrifice.

Commenting on the Queen's speech which confirmed the government's plans to force public servants to pay more and work longer for a worse pension, PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka said:serwotka-756937

"Confirmation in the Queen's speech that the government intends to plough on with unpopular, unnecessary and unfair cuts to public sector pensions is disappointing but not unexpected.

"Ministers have consistently refused to negotiate with us over the key issues of forcing public servants to pay more and work longer for less in retirement, and that is why hundreds of thousands of them will be on strike on 10 May.

Read more: QUEEN'S SPEECH FANS FLAMES OF PUBLIC SECTOR PENSIONS DISPUTE

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Message from Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ general secretary:

"The National Union of Journalists sends support and solidarity to the thousands of trade unionists who will take part in the strike on Thursday 10 May.

"We are proud to support the campaign against cuts to pensions - it is simply not acceptable for the government to make ordinary workers pick up the tab for an economic crisis of the bankers’ making.

"We are urging our members to show support for the strike by attending local picket lines, rallies and events." 

 

Read more: NUJ GENERAL SECRETARY SENDS MESSAGE OF SUPPORT AND SOLIDARITY FOR PENSIONS STRIKE ACTION ON...

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Government assurances that changes to public sector pensions will not hit low-paid public sector workers earning less than £15,000 a year are misleading, says the TUC today (Friday) as it publishes figures showing that more than 750,000 earning less than this - the overwhelming majority of whom are women - will have to pay higher contributions.

Read more: LOW PAID WOMEN MISS OUT ON PUBLIC SECTOR PENSIONS PROMISE

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THE FIREFIGHTERS' DILEMMA

TUCG: MARK SERWOTKA ON THE FIGHT AGAINST AUSTERITY

NO TTIP

BOOK: COST OF LIVING CRISIS

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By MIchael Calderbank

Foreword by Mark Serwotka, PCS General Secretary

 

Buy now from www.radicalread.co.uk

Based on research commissioned by the TUCG, the book examines why costs have risen for all items of expenditure, ranging from housing and child care to food and transport. He makes practical proposals on how these costs can be reduced. He also delivers an uncompromising message to the leaders of all mainstream Westminster Parties: it is time to end the politics of austerity, an ideological project to cut the size of the state permanently.

FAMILY JUSTICE

New pamphlet on the effect of legal aid cuts on Family Justice.  Double click the picture below to dowload.

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THE GREAT PAY ROBBERY

 

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The impact of falling real wages, benefit cuts and soaring housing costs - with a foreword by Mark Serwotka (General Secretary, PCS).  Click image to download.

COST OF LIVING CRISIS

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 Click the image to download the new pamphlet from TUCG, looking at how the cost of living is impacting on working families, and what kind of measures are needed to really make a difference (with a foreword by Mick Cash, RMT General Secretary).

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