GMB Statement on NHS Pension Scheme

20 Dec 2011

The GMB lay member NHS National Committee will meet to consider the position and respond in due course.

The NHS Staff Council Trade Unions, listed below, confirm our response to the Government’s final position on the main elements of the scheme design for the NHS pension scheme to be introduced in 2015.

The unions are British Association of Occupational Therapists, British Dental Association, British Dietetics Association, British Medical Association, British and Irish Orthoptic Society, Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, Federation of Clinical Scientists, GMB, Hospital Consultants and Specialist Association, Managers in Partnership, Royal College of Midwives, Royal College of Nursing, Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists, Society of Radiographers and UNISON.

The Unions agree to take this to their relevant executive bodies as the best that can be achieved by negotiations. The staff side are clear that there are important issues still to be resolved and that the final decision on agreeing or otherwise will be taken by each union in line with their own democratic processes.

Rehana Azam GMB National Officer said “the sector specific discussions have been extremely difficult and there is still much detail to work through. NHS Trade unions agreed to put the government’s current offer to members.  We have faced difficult and prolonged discussions with government who have not deviated from their intention to increase pension ages up to 68 and to impose contribution increases that will see NHS members pay rates much higher than seen in the private sector.

Against this backdrop, we have negotiated in good faith and seen movements in some areas, including accrual, protection for outsourced workers and reviewing the impact of working longer on emergency service workers. The GMB lay member NHS National Committee will meet to consider the position and respond in due course. GMB will continue to work to achieve the best pensions outcome for health workers.”