29 November 2011
Earlier today the Chancellor of the Exchequer in his 2011 Autumn Statement targeted public servants for more unfair treatment. At the same time he announced further assistance to big business and a cut in corporation tax.
Following the two year pay freeze public sector pay is to be limited to a 1% limit on pay increases for a further two years. In addition he raised the spectre of regional pay being introduced with Pay Review bodies to be tasked with an assessment of regional pay levels between the public sector and the private sector.
The age for payment of the State pension is to be changed to take many tens of thousands of workers out of the old age pension making them work until they are 67 before being able to claim the pension. The 67 threshold date was to be 2036 but this has been brought forward to 2026, therefore impacting on people born from 1960 onwards.
As the Government has insisted that the State pension age is also to be the Normal Retirement Age for public service pensions this will also impact on the retirement age from public service workers.
£5bn More Cuts
To fund infrastructure improvements in England the public service budget is to be cut by a further £5bn. For Northern Ireland this means an additional £150m off the current budget which can only result in thousands more job losses across the public services.
NIPSA balloted for industrial action on all three issues – Pensions, Pay and Cuts. It is clear the Westminster Government is not listening and in fact rather than seeking to negotiate is on the eve of the strike making further serious assaults on public service workers. Show your response by striking tomorrow, by joining the picket lines and attending the trade union rallies.