06 February 2012
NIPSA bulletin A/03/12 issued on 19 January 2012 provided an update on public service pensions since the 30 November 2011 strike across the public sector in Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
NIPSA reiterated its opposition to the Heads of Agreement for the different pension schemes and to the government’s decision to exclude from the negotiations the increase in pension age, the increased employee contributions and the uprating of pensions in payment by the Consumer Prices Index. In particular members were advised that NIPSA was liaising with a number of other unions about the potential for further strike action. NIPSA has had discussions with colleagues in some unions in the UK about the prospect of further coordinated industrial action. These discussions are ongoing.
We are fast approaching April 2012 when the increased employee contributions for members covered by the Health and Civil Service Pension Schemes are scheduled to be implemented. NIPSA would remind members that any additional employee contributions deducted from salaries from April 2012 have not been agreed by NIPSA. These increases will have been imposed despite our objections.
NIPSA is currently in the process of organising a series of meetings of representatives in each of the pension sectors ie Local Government, Health Service and Civil Service. The purpose of these meetings will be to brief local representatives about the Heads of Agreement and to discuss the latest developments as regard to ongoing trade union opposition to the attacks on public service pensions.
Details of these meetings will be circulated to branches as soon as possible.