tinkerbell | 4-Sep-2012 12:27 pm
I'm glad you did stand up for your younger colleagues Tinkerbell but I'm afraid the number of votes proved that you are in the minority. I also agree that a lot of the younger nurses appear not to care, however, I also believe thats because they don't understand the impact that a change in the pensions will have on them.
I was made to join the pension when joining the NHS at 18 by my father, I resented it at the time because of the chunk of pay I was sacrificing. Now, 20 years on and with approx another 27 years to work, I understand why he insisted I join. I wonder though, if he knew the terms would be changed after 20 years of contributions he would have had the same view???
I think even if it is legal to change the terms half way through it is certainly morally wrong.
The problem is nurses are an easy target! Look how many we're apathetic and didn't vote over the pension changes. We just don't pull together and stand up for ourselves. No wonder the government and chief execs take advantage of us. I was ashamed and disgusted that nurses who were are nearing pension age took the view that it didn't affect them so why bother voting and I can only assume that others thought they were fighting a losing battle so didn't bother to vote either.
Nurses - if you act like a doormat you'll be treated like one!!