Stroud District Green Party has expressed support for this week's public-sector workers' strike. The income gap in Britain is growing - we should not be about transferring wealth from the poor to the rich. I hope the strike on the 30th will draw attention to this large scale government attack on vulnerable people.
The proposed reforms will mean workers will pay more to get less, and come at a time when millions of public sector workers are facing a two-year pay freeze and hundreds of thousands are expected to lose their jobs. Britain's independent financial watchdog the National Audit Office found that public sector pensions were affordable and that changes under the last Labour government to increase the pension age for new staff and to raise contributions also reduced the burden on the taxpayer.
John Marjoram, for Stroud District Green Party, said: "The government's attempts to demonise hard-working people in the public sector have been disgraceful. Changes to pensions should be negotiated and not imposed from above by a government unwilling to make its friends in the banks and big business pay for the mess they have made of Britain's economy. Workers in the public sector have seen their salaries drop in real terms after years of pay freezes and inflation. To tell them now that their pensions are being raided as well is a slap in the face."
The Green Party supports the rights of workers to strike if they feel that their pay and conditions are under threat. For a fairly balanced view on the pensions see here.