PCS Historic Royal Palaces members vote for action to defend pensions

07 Dec 2018

PCS members working for Historic Royal Palaces have voted overwhelmingly to take action to defend their pensions against massive proposed cuts.

Our members were balloted from 30 November to 7 December on the question are you prepared to take part in strike action?

91.4% of members voted yes on a 72% turnout.

HRP, the independent charity that manages six of the UK's unoccupied royal palaces, is planning to close its defined benefits pension scheme to future accruals and move the 120 staff who are members of the scheme into a defined contribution scheme. This will result in our members receiving, in some cases massively less pension than they had been promised.

Our members had also overwhelmingly rejected the changes put forward by HRP to the defined benefits pension scheme in two previous consultative ballots. They want to reach an agreement over their pension provisions through negotiations, but their anger and resolve to fight the closure and take further action is strong.

PCS will now consider the next steps in the campaign.

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