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Resounding ‘Yes’ votes for pension strike

With the announcement of UCATT and GMB votes in support of strike action on 30 November, the support for action has been overwhelming in every case. The GMB voted 84% in favour on a 33% turnout across many thousands of employers. The Building workers (UCATT) voted by almost the same margin on a slightly lower turnout. Even in management unions like First Division Association (81% yes) and National Association of Head Teachers (76%), votes have been resounding. Details are provided below of ballots in all unions involved. The Unite result is expected tomorrow.

Brian Strutton GMB National Secretary for public services said:

GMB members have resoundingly said “Yes” to strike action and “No” to the government’s raid on their pensions.

It is now clear that millions of workers will be protesting on November 30th at the Government’s attack on jobs and pensions. The government have already accepted that the original proposals were unfair and wrong. It is not too late for the government to pull back from this confrontation and scrap this attack on pensions”

Acting general secretary George Guy of UCATT said:

Our members do not take industrial action lightly. The level of support for strike action underlines just how worried our members are about the future of their pensions. It is not too late for the Government to return to negotiations and to introduce much fairer pension proposals for hardworking public sector workers.”

Union Yes Turnout
GMB 84% 33%
UCATT 83% 27%
Unison 78% 29%
Unison (NI) earlier ballot
Unite awaited
Civil Service
FDA (senior managers) 81% 54%
NAPO (probation officers) awaited
NIPSA (Northern Ireland) 67% 38%
PCS earlier ballot
POA (prison officers) awaited
Prospect 75% 53%
AEP (educational psychologists) yes
CSP (physiotherapists) 86% 66%
SCP (chiropodists & podiatrists) 85%
SoR (radiographers) 83% 58%
Teaching, further & higher education
AHDS (Scottish heads & deputies) 60% 38%
Aspect (Professionals in education & Children’s trusts) 75%
ATL (teachers & lecturers) earlier ballot
EIS (Scttish teachers) 82% 54%
NAHT (head teahcers 76% 54%
NASUWT (teachers) awaited
NUT earlier ballot
UCAC (Welsh teachers) earlier ballot
UCU (old universities) awaited
UCU (FE and former polytechnics) earlier ballot

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