UCU comment on future of public sector pensions

28 July 2011 | last updated: 11 December 2015

UCU said today that the government's planned raid on public sector pensions had nothing to do with keeping pension costs down and was simply a tax to raise funds for the Treasury.

The union, whose members took strike action in defence of their pensions on 30 June, said the news was another example of the government's failure to negotiate seriously on the pensions issue.

UCU general secretary, Sally Hunt, said: 'The government has proved yet again that it is not prepared to negotiate with us in good faith over any changes to pension schemes. From the start we have wanted an honest debate, yet the government has opted for hyperbole and ludicrous claims about the state of pension schemes and what members receive when they retire.

'Any increase in contributions from members will not aid their retirement; they will raise funds for the Treasury. This is simply a tax on public sector workers.'