Public and Commercial Services Union
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Government undermining pensions negotiations

PCS says the government's announcement this morning about public sector pension contributions makes a mockery of the ongoing negotiations and proves that the government is determined to make people pay more and work longer in return for smaller pensions.

Public servants will lose tens of thousands of pounds over their careers in increased contributions, reduced payouts, and penalties for retiring when they had originally expected too.

PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka said: "These highly detailed proposals show that the government has made its mind up and is not negotiating seriously. It makes a mockery of the ongoing talks.

"We're committed to negotiation but these have to be serious - not limited to the government's predetermined outcomes.

"Already more trade unions have indicated they will take part in further strike action and today's announcement will only increase that resolve.

"The government figures confirm what we have said all along. People are going to have to pay more and work for longer, in return for smaller pensions.

"The government talks about the need to make changes to help reduce the deficit in four years. But these changes would be permanent - a life sentence for civil servants."

PCS statement to members about pensions - Thursday 28 July

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