The issue of civil service pensions was raised at raised at Prime Minister’s Questions today by vice chair of the PCS Parliamentary Group Mary Glindon.
The MP’s intervention follows the recent court victory by the Fire Brigades Union in its case regarding unlawful age discrimination in relation to pensions.
Following a briefing from PCS General Secretary Mark Serwotka at yesterday’s (9) PCS Parliamentary Group meeting, Mary used her question to ask Theresa May to give civil servants monies owed to them through pension overpayments and the suspension of the pension valuations.
She said: “Her government has once more lost in court to a public sector union, the Fire Brigades Union over pensions. Whilst fighting this case, her government penalised all public sector workers by suspending pension valuations, which means poorly paid frontline civil servants, many in the Public and Commercial Services union, not only being denied money they are owed but also making monthly pension overpayments of 2%. When will the prime minister give these loyal workers money that is rightfully theirs?”
In her response the PM was non-committal, refusing to address the worrying impact the government’s actions are having on PCS members:
“Can I say to the Honourable Lady, of course she has made clear that there has been a case recently in the courts in relation to public sector pensions, in particular aspects of the public sector pensions. We will of course have to look at the implications of that judgement across public sector pensions and it is right that we take our time and that the government makes its decisions based on that careful consideration”
Our union is in discussions with ministers regarding pensions and the parliamentary group has agreed to keep this issue high on its agenda. Members of the group also confirmed that they would be applying for a 90-minute debate, before the parliamentary summer recess, on pensions as well as pay and the Civil Service Compensation Scheme. A briefing updating MPs on the union’s current position on these three campaigns has been circulated to parliamentarians.