Delegates at RCN Congress voted overwhelmingly yesterday to challenge the media over the term “gold-plated” pensions.
The motion “that this meeting of RCN Congress urges council to publicly defend NHS pensions and challenge the illusion of the gold-plated pension scheme for public sector workers” was adopted by 436 votes to three with two abstentions.
Speaking in favour of the motion from the podium John Devenney, Norfolk-branch, non-voting, said: “When everything goes wrong for the fatcats suddenly they turn their fire on the publis sector, just because they have messed it up for everyone.”
John Hill, Scunthorpe-branch, non-voting, said: “What we are fighting on pensions is a war. A propaganda war being led by the media, the Taxpayers Alliance and certain political organisations. Everyone of you are in the trenches and every one of you is under attack.
“So if you see someone talking about gold-plated pensions schemes, walk up and challenge them, if you see it in a paper, write a letter of complaint to the editor.
“If we don’t fight for it then I’m sorry we are going to lose it”.