Unite rejects pension plan

Tim Wallace
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JUST ONE union has rejected the latest plan to make NHS pensions more affordable without consulting their members, with Unite describing the plans as “pernicious” yesterday.

Unite – which represents 100,000 health professionals, and around seven per cent of the NHS’s workforce – turned down the changes on the basis that they “make hard working and dedicated NHS staff pay more, work longer and get less”.

Union boss Len McCluskey called on the government to start meaningful negotiations to “maintain fair and equitable pensions.”

But an NHS spokesman rejected the claims, saying the changes make pensions “affordable and sustainable.”

“The government has made clear this is our final position on the main elements of scheme design.”

Other unions are consulting their members before making their final decision.