AS a police staff employee for over 20 years, I will be voting in favour of industrial action on November 30, in defence of the public sector’s pensions.
I want the public to understand why I feel I have no choice, but to take this action.
Contrary to the line being peddled by ministers, public sector pensions are not gold-plated. The government’s own analysis shows the average local government pension is less than £4,000-a-year, or less for some women.
The Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) Is a funded scheme and its income from contributions is £4 billion more a year than its expenditure.
Public sector pensions were renegotiated by the last government in 2008, so retirement ages and contribution rates have already been increased. But mow the coalition wants me and other colleagues to pay more to receive less.
The Government has moved the goal posts dramatically, with the result that my retirement income is set to plummet.
Enough is enough.
The unions, including my union, Unite, have continually tried to negotiate with ministers on this issue, but they have been constantly stone-walled and ignored.
I will be voting to support the day of action not because I want a ‘gold-plated’ pension, but to protect my already very modest pension for which I have already paid into and worked very hard for over the last 20 years.
I think that is the least I deserve in my retirement.
Alan Reaney, Lyminster Road, S6