Andover Labour Party has today announced support for the cross-union campaign to defend public-sector pensions, backing Unison’s motion to Labour Party conference and pledging to support picket lines on November 30.
Andover Labour chair Alan Cotter said: “Everyone deserves a decent pension and dignity in retirement, both in the public and private sectors, and we should not allow the government to divide us in its attempt to impose a race to the bottom.
“The average public servant’s pension is around £4,200 per annum and the majority of public servants are already low-paid workers carrying out vital work in our hospitals, for our armed forces, and in our schools and communities.
“The government’s proposals are not a genuine attempt to make the schemes more sustainable, but a cash grab by the Treasury, imposing an additional tax on workers already facing a pay freeze in an attempt to make them pay debts resulting from the banking crisis.”
Andover Labour vice-chair Sarah Evans said: “It is a myth that public sector pensions are unaffordable, and the reality is that the cost of public-sector pensions is set to fall.
“It is scandalous that the government is targeting low-paid public-sector workers’ pensions when every year bankers, big business and wealthy individuals get away with £120 billion of unpaid tax.
“There are already far too many people living in poverty in old age, and if the government does not step back it will be increasing the number of people who die every winter of cold-related illnesses because they have to choose between putting food on the table or heating their homes.”