Negotiations start on NHS Scotland pensions
The first meeting of the NHS Scottish pension negotiations
took place on 15 May 2012 in UNISON House Glasgow.
Following very successful strike action by UNISON Ayrshire
and Arran, Lothian, Greater Glasgow and Clyde and Lanarkshire
Health Branches, the Cabinet Secretary Nicola Sturgeon
met the trade unions in UNISON House on 28 March to discuss
the terms of reference for Scottish negotiations.
The aim of the group will be to provide an agreed recommendation
to Scottish ministers in terms of employee pension contributions
and the NHS Scottish Pension Scheme response regarding
longer term reform in light of the Hutton report.
At the meeting UNISON was represented by Lilian Macer,
Tam Waterson and Willie Duffy who presented evidenced-based
information on affordability and sustainability in relation
to what is a very vibrant scheme.
The negotiations take place in the context of certain
constraints; a new scheme must be in place by April 2015;
the costs of such a scheme needs to be within Treasury
spending limits; and the preference of Scottish ministers
is for successor schemes to be based on career average
Lilian Macer, UNISON Scotland Convener, said: “UNISON
hopes this process of Scottish negotiations will lead
to better outcomes for health workers in Scotland in relation
to their hard won and paid for pensions entitlements.
Tam Waterson Chair of UNISON’s Scottish Health
Committee, said: “This will be a hard and long negotiation,
but we will stick with the talks so long as they are positive.
“The Health Committee does reserve the right to
return to the argument of force.”
In April, Lilian Macer told the STUC Congress: “We
will negotiate to the best of our abilities, but our members
expect us to see this campaign through to a decent conclusion.”
The STUC promised support to unions who remain in dispute