Date Tues 19 July 2011
UNISON calls in troops for pensions' fight-back
More than 200 senior activists and UNISON staff from across
the UK, will gather in London today (19 July), to draw up a
fighting strategy for the next stage in the union’s pension
The summit is a rallying cry to the troops and an opportunity
to devise a strong and effective fight-back, should the current
talks with the Government fail.
Dave Prentis, General Secretary of UNISON, said: “We face an
unprecedented attack on the pensions of public service workers.
We are still negotiating with the Government and hoping for
the best, but it would be foolish not to plan for the worse.
“We are at a cross-roads in the talks. The time is right to
bring in senior activists and staff from every sector and from
across the whole of the UK, to plan for the difficult months
ahead. We will be organising a strong and effective fight-back
and making sure that our members are ready for action.
“We are keying in to the anger that members across the country
are feeling. It cannot be right to ask workers to pay more,
work longer for a worse pension deal. Any action will have to
be carefully co-ordinated with other unions and we will look
at a ‘smart strike strategy’ aimed at keeping the action rolling.”
Over the last few months the union has been updating its membership
records to ensure that it doesn’t fall foul of trade union laws,
if it needs to move towards a ballot for industrial action at