This is a Call Out to ALL Bikers who either work in the Public Sector Or who have Family & Friends working in this sector & Who Want To Help / Support tomorrow's 'TUC PENSIONS DAY OF ACTION'.
I'm proposing that Bikers in favour of tomorrow, meet up around the Country & do 'slow rides' through their towns & cities, piping their horns & showing their support as they pass Picket Lines before moving on to their local Rally, where there visible presence would be a great addition to the Rallies.
I apologise for the short notice but if anyone is interested in this idea, lets start brain storming.
NB: i've spoken with Regional Officers at UNISON West Midlands & they like the idea & would welcome our support. I think that we need to do something different togive tomorrow's protest as much publicity as possible.
1) Normal Public Sector Pensions Are Not Gold Plated!
Avg Pensions, after 30-40 years of Employee & Employer Contributions are between £4 & £7,000 PA.
The Only Gold Plated Pensions belong to Directors & people like Francis Maude!
2) Public Sector Workers have voluntarily agreed to have their Pay Frozen for 2 years, while the cost of living continues to increase.
The Banking / Financial Industry which caused the Worldwide Economic crisis were back paying out ridiculous bonuses within 12 months of the collapse. Bonuses which are 100 times bigger than most Public Service Annual Pensions!
Now we're being asked to increase our contributions by up to 3%, which is an Inflation Busting 50% increase.
DOES THIS 50% INCREASE IMPROVE OUR BENEFITS?
NO, not even by a single penny!
Every bit of the increase goes directly to the Treasury to off set the mess caused by the Bankers.
3) Pension Rate Change from RPI - CPI
this change was brought in by the Chancellor to save money & with no consultation whatsoever.
It affects everyone from existing Pensioners to those saving for their Retirement & means that our Annual Pensions will be worse of by 0.3% per year; this means that those Pensioners already struggling to make ends meet are now over £100 worse off every year, without factoring in the inflation busting increases to Fuel etc!
4) On top of the Pay Freeze, many Public Sector workers have been forced into accepting new contracts, for more work & less pay or face having their jobs cut.
What the Government isn't telling you is this:
These Changes (RPI-CPI; Pay Freeze; 2008 Pensions Review) are already saving the Treasury Billions of Pounds every year...
Our Pensions also save the Gvt Billions in Benefits & give our workers dignity in their retirement!
So why are the people who serve our communities being attacked... Because we are considered easy targets & the ConDem Government loathes the Public Service.
Your Nurses, Paramedics, Emergency Services Support Staff (Police / Fire), Teachers, Classroom Assistants, Social Workers etc, etc are all being actively attacked by this Government & tomorrow is the Day to Draw that Line in the Sand & Stand Up for Our Rights.