Regent branch motion on Teachers’ Pension Scheme dispute
On 25 January 2012 the Regent branch of Westminster UCU passed the following resolution relating to the Teachers’ Pension scheme dispute:
This Branch endorses the 20th January decision of the UCU NEC, alongside the NUT, PCS, UCAC and Unite, to reject the government’s “Heads of Agreement” proposals.
It recognises the urgency of the situation in that the Government intends to impose contribution increases from 1st April, and that;
1) under the proposals, public sector workers will continue to pay more to work longer for less;
2) the main issues of the dispute remain unresolved – the change from RPI to CPI for pensions in payment, the increase in employee contributions, the extension of the Normal Retirement Age to State Retirement Age, and the abolition of the Final Salary scheme.
3) the new proposals represent no substantial improvement on what was on offer before the strike by over 2.5 million public sector workers on 30 November and that, therefore, in common with the other ‘rejectionist’ unions, do not warrant a membership ballot at this time.
This Branch supports:
4) the decision of the NEC that our General Secretary (GS) will meet the leaders of other ‘rejectionist’ unions to propose possible forms of co-ordinated action from February, and to invite them to join with UCU in a nationwide strike to defend public sector pensions on 1 March (exactly one month before the government imposes changes on 1 April);
6) the call for the GS to report back on discussions with other unions, and the results of discussions at branch/regional meetings of the NEC’s position, at a full meeting of the National Executive on 10 February.