Unite the Union

Unite the Union

July 16, 2007 12:03 ET

Union members back changes to the Local Government Pension Scheme

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - July 16, 2007) - Unite Amicus section Local Authority members in England and Wales have voted overwhelmingly to accept changes to their pension scheme

Unite Amicus section voted 10 to 1 in favour of supporting the new Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS), due to come into effect on 1 April 2008. The new arrangement will safeguard the final salary scheme, the 1/60th accrual rate and will introduce dependants' pensions for unmarried partners.

John Allott, Amicus Unite Sections' National Officer for Local Authorities, said:

"The union's objective of keeping a good final salary pension scheme open to everyone has been achieved. Unite, Amicus section, has fought long and hard to negotiate the best possible outcome for our members' pensions. We believe we have achieved that, and the overwhelming majority of members that voted in favour of acceptance clearly agreed with us."

Unite, Amicus section members took part in strike action in March last year over several key aspects of the Government's proposed detrimental changes to the LGPS. This strike was successful in convincing the Government to take Unite members' concerns seriously and return to the negotiating table rather than simply impose changes. Subsequent industrial action was then called off.

Unite Amicus section says that the new LGPS will maintain a reasonable balance between providing improved benefits and increased member contributions.

Contact Information

  • Unite Amicus Section
    Catherine Bithell
    0207 420 8909 or 07958 473 224