November 18, 2011 9.16 am This story is over 146 months old

Unions warn of pension strike in Lincoln

Strike action: Ahead of the national strike, Lincolnshire unions will be spreading the message about why they are protesting.

People from various Lincolnshire trade unions will be out in Lincoln City Centre this weekend to spread their message about the upcoming pension strike.

On November 19, unionists will be distributing fliers and talking to the public along the High Street between 10am and 12pm.

Across the country at the end of the month, millions on union members are expected to strike in a bid to protect their pensions.

Nick Parker, President of Lincoln Trades Council said: “We know we have a just cause.

“On 30 November, millions of our members will be on strike to defend their pensions – pensions which are under threat because of the greed and incompetence of the banks.

“Our members are being told to pay more, work longer, and get less – that’s why they’re angry, and that’s why Britain will see the biggest mass industrial action since the General Strike.”

UNISON Assistant Branch Secretary for Lincolnshire Gavyn Graham said: “The idea that public sector workers retire on fortunes is a myth.

“The average local government pensioner gets £4,000 a year – £2,600 if she’s a woman.

“We know that the lack of pensions for most private sector workers is a scandal, but company directors and investment bankers don’t retire into poverty.

“The real pensions divide isn’t between public and private, it’s between rich and poor.”

Source: Lincoln Trades Council | Photo: Peter Barton