The Great Pensions Robbery
12:01am 22nd November 2011
On November the 30th millions of workers will be going on strike across the country against the government's pensions "reforms", these "reforms" will leave workers paying more in and getting less out in final pension payments.
The government is argueing that strike action will threaten the pension deal, however the pensions deal being offerd is far less than the current schemes many workers are on.
York Stop the Cuts is hosting a Public Meeting on "The Great Pensions Robbery", a week before the national strikes.
Speakers include local union members and organisations more broadly affected by government cuts, including the Chief Executve of the National Association of Youth Theatres. The meeting will be held on Tuesday 22nd November 2011 at 7pm in the Friends Meeting House, Friargate.
Mark Bentley, a member of UCU says:
"It is no surprise that Cabinet Ministers have made a last minute offer to the unions. They want to make the unions look bad in the press, but their offer preferences those within 10 years of retirement, we are on strike for young and old together."
Ben Mayor, student and factory worker says:
"The cuts are affecting all of us: in York alone, there is 50% cuts planned to youth work. The pension cuts mean fewer jobs, as people will be working longer. I think the strikers are worried about a lot more than just their pensions."
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