NW Hampshire Labour Party has today pledged to support striking public sector workers on their picket lines on November 30.
NW Hampshire 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.
NW Hampshire Labour vice-chair Sarah Evans said: “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.
“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 – this attack on pensions is about paying for the biggest-ever act of corporate welfare seen in this country.
“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.”
For further information contact: Sarah Evans T: 07941 227757
In Andover join picket lines at the MOD HQ at Monxton, Test Valley Borough Council, Weyhill Road, Andover and Andover Job Centre Plus, London Street. Find out more by visiting: Andover TUC’s website.