222: “Its time to resist Osborne’s escalation of the cuts!”

December 11, 2014 in Bulletins

In last week’s NSSN e-bulletin, we exposed the step change in the ConDems’ austerity offensive, announced in Osborne’s Autumn Statement. It seems our figure of £35-50billion underestimated the scale of this attack! By last weekend, it was estimated by the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) and the Institute of Fiscal Studies (IFS) that 60% of the cuts are still to be made, with £55billion to come on top of the £45billion that have already been carried out. This represents a catastrophe for working-class people and the vast majority in society. The NSSN calls on the trade union leaders, when they […]

NSSN 172: Enough is enough…no work ‘til we drop!

December 11, 2013 in Bulletins

Osborne’s Autumn Statement last Thursday, not only brought forward by ten years the new retirement age of first 68 and then 69 – it will be open-ended with it being regularly reviewed in line with life expectancy. This poses workers getting their state pensions into their 70s and because many occupational pensions use this age as a yardstick, workers will fear being forced to work until they drop for the full retirement benefits that they have worked and paid for. In one fell swoop, Osborne has kicked away one of the main planks of the pensions deal that unfortunately some […]

PCS on Chancellor’s Autumn Statement

December 5, 2013 in News

Republished from PCS website The chancellor has today announced more cuts in government departmental budgets and an increase in state pension age. George Osborne said in his autumn statement that UK state pension age is to increase more rapidly to 68, making it one of the highest in the developed world. State pension age will increase to 68 in the mid-2030s and to 69 in the late 2040s. In future, civil service pension age will be linked to state pension age. This means that people in their 40s will not receive a full civil service pension until they are 68, […]