Unite local government members vote to accept proposals on pensions
Tuesday, 28 August 2012
Members of Unite, Britain's biggest union, who work in local government have voted to accept the proposals negotiated between local government employers and the trade unions on changes to the local government pension scheme (LGPS).
The ballot result, announced today (24 August), showed that 84 per cent of those who took part in the ballot voted to accept the proposals.
Local government workers took one day of strike action on 30 November 2011, as a result there were scheme specific negotiations, the outcome of which was the subject of this ballot. Unite represents 80,000 members in local government.
Unite national officer, Peter Allenson said:
"This is a positive step forward following a one day strike on 30 November and some genuine negotiations with local government employers which have also been signed off by the government.
"Our members took strike action and, as a result they got a better deal. However, the strike action was followed by constructive negotiations which we are pleased ended in an agreement acceptable to our members."
Contact: Ciaran Naidoo on 07768 931 315
Notes to editors:
Details of the offer which has been accepted can be found at: http://www.lgps.org.uk/lge/core/page.do?pageId=15431012
Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with 1.5 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.
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