Promoted by David Beale, 36 Pleasant View, Withnell, Chorley PR6 8SE on behalf of Martin Powell-Davies of TUSC.

Friday 7 January 2011

Return your Pensions Survey!


NUT members should have received an email with a survey about the pensions campaign.
The link to the survey is

1. Around £100 a month will be stolen from your salary. Pension contributions could go up from 6.4% to 10% of salary. That’s on top of a ‘pay freeze’ while inflation rises.

2. £70,000 more may be robbed from you over your retirement. The switch from RPI to the CPI will hugely cut your total pension income during your retirement.

3. Yet more money could go in a new ‘career-average’ scheme.
Hutton is cooking up yet more ways of cutting our pensions. We need action to warn him off.

4. You might be 68 before you get your (cut) pension in full. Normal pension age may go up to 65 for all - or even higher to match the rising state pension age.

5. If you choose to retire ‘early’ at 60, you’ll lose £1,000s. Retiring at 60 - or even 62 - would then count as ‘early retirement’ so that you would lose your full entitlement.

6. Our pension scheme costs are falling. This is just robbery. Hutton’s own figures confirm our scheme is affordable. Why should teachers’ pensions be cut to pay off the bankers’ gambling debts?

7. Most teachers are women - but they could be hardest hit. Women are most likely to have breaks in pensionable service - and to live longer too.

8. We have a good pensions scheme - let’s keep it that way. If you’re feeling the squeeze already, don’t opt out of your pension - fight to defend it.

9. The threat of action made the last Government retreat. Joint campaigns in 2005-6 forced Labour to retreat from most of its pension attacks.

10. Strike action can make this Government think again too. The Con-Dems are unpopular and divided. Firm trade union action can defend our pensions.

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