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NHS pensions: letter to CSP members

Lesley Mercer, Director of Employment Relations and Union Services, writes about the Society’s plans to ballot CSP members working in the NHS or related social enterprise companies over the issue of NHS pensions

Update 7 October 2011: contact your lead steward now

The CSP needs your up-to-date membership details so that you can participate in the industrial action ballot.

You will need to provide your lead steward with your name, address, CSP membership number, the name of your employer and the name of your primary workplace/workbase.

Read the below letter for further information.

If your steward tells you they have already sent off the above data on members in your trusts/board, please immediately contact the CSP Enquiry Handling Unit by calling 020 7306 6666 or email: and provide them with the above information.

Sent to CSP members on 28 September 2011

You will hopefully already have seen information on this via Frontline, the CSP’s weekly e-bulletin, or the CSP website.

Please see the pensions section for up to date information on negotiations and what the changes may mean for you.

The decision on whether or not to run an industrial action ballot will be taken when the Society’s Industrial Relations Committee meets on 29 September.

However, in advance of this, we have to take certain preparatory steps so that we are in a position to ballot legally should the decision to do so be taken.

Over the past 2 weeks we have been trying to identify one lead steward/contact in every NHS organisation/social enterprise.

We have sent each of these leads records of all the known CSP members in their employer, based on our existing membership data.

The Leads have to check the records for accuracy and then return the amended versions to us by Thursday 6 October. 

Should we ballot for action and should the ballot be in favour, then, if called for by the Society’s Industrial Relations Committee, action is planned to start on 30 November 2011 with the possibility of further action at any point up to 21 February 2012.

We can only legally include you in a ballot if we know the name of your employer, your principal workplace/work base and your up-to-date mailing address.

We therefore need you to make contact with your lead steward/contact as a matter of urgency BY NO LATER THAN WEDNESDAY 5 OCTOBER, so that they can ensure you are included on their list.

If you do not know the name or contact details of the lead steward you can obtain them from the CSP Enquiry Handling Unit by calling 020 7306 6666 or email:

Contacting the CSP steward/lead for your employing organisation is by far the simplest and most effective method of ensuring that we have accurate information in relation to you so please do use this facility if you possibly can.

If, however, you have been unable to make contact with the lead steward/contact for your organisation by 5 October, please call our Enquiry Handling Unit on 020 7306 6666 and they will be able to assist.

You will need to provide them with your name; address; CSP membership number; the name of your employer; and the name of your primary workplace/workbase.

Please note that if you know that you will definitely be on long term absence from work for any of the following reasons for the duration of the period 30 November 2011 to 21 February 2012 inclusive you will not be entitled to vote in the ballot and do not need to take any action in response to this email:

  • Maternity leave
  • Parental leave
  • Career break
  • Secondment outside the organisation
  • Long term sick leave
  • Other unpaid leave

If you are currently unsure whether or not you will have returned to work between these dates, please make sure you are included on our list.

Note that, should the ballot go ahead, the return for ballot papers will close at midday on Monday 14 November 2011 and the results will be posted on this website.

I am sorry if the request in this email sounds complicated. This is due to the complex nature of the UK’s law surrounding industrial action ballots.

Yours sincerely,

Lesley Mercer

Director of Employment Relations and Union Services

Chartered Society of Physiotherapy


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