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CSP to meet members over attacks on pensions

The CSP is to hold a cross-section of meetings with members in England, Wales and Scotland to discuss the threat to their NHS pensions amid little sign of progress in talks with ministers, and pledges from other public sector unions to ballot their members on industrial action.

The government plans higher contribution rates, a rising pension age and the end to final salary schemes.

CSP senior negotiating officers will be leading the meetings, providing members with the latest information on talks and what the proposed changes mean for physiotherapy staff in the NHS.

The meetings will also be an opportunity for members to tell the CSP how they feel about the proposals and what action they are prepared to take to protect their pensions.

Sixteen public sector unions have said they will ballot their members over a coordinated one-day strike on November 30.

CSP assistant director of employment relations Peter Finch said the NHS pension scheme was reformed just two years ago and was affordable, sustainable and fair to both employees and the taxpayer.

He said the wider context of pay freezes, threats to pay increments, and higher inflation meant CSP members were effectively doing more work for less money.

‘They are now being asked to pay more for a pension they must wait longer to claim,’ he said.

‘That is simply unfair.’

Members should keep an eye out on interactiveCSP, the society’s member networking website, and the CSP web site.

For more information see www.csp.org.uk/pensions

• See also pages 14-15.

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