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Day of Action 30 November

21 November 2011

A number of members have contacted the union to find out how much worse off they will be under the pension proposals?

A number of members have contacted the union to find out how much worse off they will be under the pension proposals?

Below is a link to the TUC pensions calculator click on the link to find out how you will be affected.

http://pensionsjustice.org.uk/for-reps-activists/pensions-changes-calculator

As we plan for the Day of action a number of issues have been raised about what are your rights and protections during this period.

If you are a member but did not vote in the ballot you are still allowed to participate in any action.
New members who have joined since the ballot are covered by the strike call and can take part in the action. Members can join on the day itself, and gain union protection immediately.
You are under no obligation to inform anyone if you are taking part or not taking part in the day of action.
Employers, in response to planned strike action will often send communications to staff stating that they will be in breach of contract should they undertake strike action and not report for work during the period of proposed action.

But all this means is that you will not be paid for rostered hours that you do not work. An Employer can not sack one individual in a workplace for taking legitimate strike action, if they do so the individual can claim unfair dismissal.

Although a strike is technically a breach of the contract of employment, it does not break continuous service if the worker returns to work after the strike ends.
With most pension schemes, absence on a day’s strike will not count towards pensionable service. The pay lost will reduce the average pay used in any calculation of benefits. It may be possible to buy back service lost, but in many instances the amount lost will be so small it is not worthwhile.
If you have any questions or feel that you are being pressured not to take part in the Day of action on the 30 November please contact the TSSA Helpdesk for further advice and assistance. The Helpdesk freephone number is: 0800 3282673.

 

 

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