Con-Dems say: Pay more, work longer, get less

We say: NO WAY! Strike to defend pensions

Janice Godrich, PCS President and national chair of PCS Left Unity

PCS Left Unity meeting
Saturday 7 January Left Unity in the PCS civil service union hosted an
emergency open organising meeting because our movement in defence of
public sector pensions is at a critical point. It is vital that the momentum generated by the fantastic strike on 30 November (N30) is not lost.

The government tried to force the unions to sign up to a rotten deal
before Christmas. Unfortunately the leaders of some unions indicated
they wished to sign this ‘heads of agreement’ which proposed exactly
what N30 had been against: paying more, working longer and getting less.

December’s events meant that members were in danger of being
tragically let down and everything possible is needed to be done to
prevent this happening. However, a number of unions have joined PCS among the ‘rejectionists’, refusing to sign up.

Pensions have been fought for over generations. The Con-Dems’ attacks
mean all these gains could be lost. Our job is now to maintain the
pressure, unite across unions and not let the gains of the biggest
action since the 1926 general strike be lost.

Our message is clear – reject the offer and organise for further action.

The conference unanimously agreed a statement which concluded with the following bullet points:

  • The government’s latest proposals on pensions must be rejected
  • Press the TUC to set a date for a second day of coordinated national
    industrial action. This action is escalated by involving more public
    sector unions and unions from the private sector fighting for fair
    pensions or provision
  • If the TUC does not call such action an urgent meeting is arranged
    by those unions prepared to consider continuing the campaign of
    industrial action against the pension deal
  • The left organisations in the trade unions establish a temporary
    coordinating committee with the aim of coordinating activity, including
    lobbies etc, and material. To campaign together across the unions to
    build opposition to the deal and to work toward further coordinated

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