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7 March 2012
GMB members in the NHS and the rest of economy are even more outraged that this Statement should be laid on the same day that the Health and Social Care Bill is likely to reach the final stages in Parliament
GMB commented on the Ministerial Statement on NHS pensions contributions for April 2012 that was laid in House of Commons today as the Health and Social Care Bill reaches its final stages in Parliament.
Contributions increase by 1.3% on average for staff earning more than £26,500 in the NHS.
GMB members are taking part in a rally later today organised by the TUC and the “All together for the NHS” campaign, bringing together health workers, patients and the general public to oppose the Bill. The Bill could now be passed within weeks after the Government won a series of House of Lords votes yesterday.
The details for the rally are as follows:
6pm to 7.30 Wednesday 7th March
Methodist Central Hall,
London SW1H 9 NH
Rehana Azam, GMB National Officer for the NHS said “GMB members are outraged that whilst negotiations are going on to determine the future of the NHS Pension Scheme, Government has unilaterally decided to impose unaffordable increases to contributions, as set out in today's Ministerial Statement. These increases, coupled with the moves to force Health Workers to work longer, seriously threaten the on-going viability of the pension scheme.
GMB members in the NHS and the rest of economy are even more outraged that this Statement should be laid on the same day that the Health and Social Care Bill is likely to reach the final stages in Parliament. Government has been warned that this Bill sets the wrong course for the National Health Service and NHS staff. British people will not forgive the Tory and Liberal Parties for undermining the National Health Service, which is the pride of our nation.”