PCS is to seek a judicial review on pensions over the government’s insistence that civil servants continue to pay 2% more each month for their pensions than they should.
Over the past year we have kept our members informed that the government is robbing them of 2% every month by making them pay more for their pension than the independent valuation says that they should.
The government met us last week and told us they intend to ask parliament in a few weeks’ time to give them the authority to make civil servants carry on paying pension contributions at the current rate. This is completely unacceptable and we opposed that in the meeting and we reiterated that it’s totally unacceptable in the latest meeting with them yesterday (12).
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At the moment the government is not listening to our members’ concerns so we are launching a major national campaign on pay, pensions and redundancy rights.
As part of this we have told the government to cut pension contributions immediately by 2% and guarantee that moving forward they will implement the legal case won by the Fire Brigades Union to improve everybody’s pensions.
We’re also going to be taking legal action. On Monday (10) we met with representatives from the Fire Brigades Union and we will now jointly be seeking a judicial review to force the government to give members the pensions money back.
We hope all members will join our campaign, fight for pensions justice and tell the government to give them their 2% back, or if not we will campaign against them and we will take action in the courts.