Date: 16 April 2012
UNISON supports annulment call on changes to NHS pension scheme
UNISON has voiced its support for an annulment of the NHS pension
amendment regulations, which will be moved at the Scottish Parliament
At a meeting of the Health and Sport Committee in Edinburgh,
Drew Smith MSP will call for the regulations to be annulled,
leading to a debate among the MSPs.
The proposed changes outlined in the regulations include a
year one increase to employee contributions of up to 2.4 per
cent – effectively a pension tax on health workers.
There is no need for the increase as the NHS pension scheme
across the UK is in surplus, and not one penny of this increase
will go to the pension scheme.
The Scottish Government has said it is opposed in principle
to these contribution increases, but it plans to implement them
Tam Waterson, chair of UNISON’s Scottish Health Committee,
said: “The Scottish Government has the responsibility to address
these issues in Scotland, so they have a duty to fully explore
a Scottish solution for health workers.
“We welcome this call for an annulment of the regulations and
would urge MSPs to put a halt on proposed changes until sufficient
time has been given for negotiation and to look at alternative
“MSPs have to realise that asking hard-pressed NHS workers
who cannot afford to contribute more to their pension at a time
of pay restraint just doesn’t make sense.”
Notes to editors
1. The motion to annul the National Health Service (Superannuation
Scheme and Pension Scheme) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations
2012 will be laid in front of the Health and Sport Committee
meeting at the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh today (Tuesday,
2. UNISON, Scotland’s largest health union representing NHS
staff, is calling on the Scottish Parliament to reject these
For more information please see our briefing at http://www.unison-scotland.org.uk/briefings/MSPBriefing_NHSPensionsRegs_March2012.pdf
3. For more information contact: · Dave Watson, UNISON’s Scottish
Organiser, on 07958 122 409. · Trisha Hamilton, UNISON’s Communications
Officer, on 0141 342 2877 or 07939 478 461.