GMB Position on Public Sector Pensions Negotiations & Political Links

15 Feb 2012

The statement below was issued following the meeting of the GMB CEC in London on 14th February 2012:
On public sector pensions the CEC recognised that for the three separate negotiations GMB are involved in, for local government, civil service and NHS, that each of these negotiations is at a different stage and that there is a lot more work to do to bring these negotiations to a conclusion. The CEC agreed to give full support to the negotiating teams and agreed that GMB members, and no one from outside GMB, will make the final decisions when the negotiations are concluded and the final proposals are on the table.
The CEC noted that over a quarter of motions to GMB Congress from branches across the whole of the UK relate to the political stance of the union. The CEC determined that the union’s relations with the Labour Party and what GMB members expect and want from the Party will form a major plank in the debate at GMB Congress in Brighton in June.
The CEC expressed concern and disappointment with recent statements made by senior Labour party officials and registered their growing frustration at the lack of a cohesive policy to protect working people from the ravages of the Tory led coalition government.