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TSSA members join Pensions Day of Action

12 December 2011

TSSA members accross Northern Ireland came out on strike on November 30 as part of the day of action on public sector pensions.

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The level of support for the strike was huge, with an estimated 80 per cent of members in Northern Ireland joining a picket line, rally or demonstration. Events were held in multiple locations in Belfast and in Derry/Londonderry, Newry, Coleraine and Ballymena. Workers at Translink – which is publicly owned – are members of the same public sector pension schemes to which changes are being proposed by the UK government.

The Tory government’s raid on pensions would leave workers paying more, working longer and receiving a smaller pension upon retirement. They would see the uplift in annual payments linked to the lower CPI inflation measure, which ignores the impacts of housing costs and council tax – core costs for many people, and ones that often go up faster than other prices. Payment contributions would also jump by 3.2 per cent of pay by 2015 – in effect a 3 per cent wage cut and the pensionable age would increase to 67 for those retiring in more than 17 years time. Negotiations continue – for more information see www.pensionsjustice. org.uk.

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