The government has unveiled its public sector pension’s bill in Parliament, claiming it would save £65bn savings over the next 50 years.
The first stage of the Public Services Pensions Bill was published yesterday.
The new pension deal will see workers earn a career average pension, after increased contributions with retirement age linked to the state pension age of 68.
Unions representing nurses and doctors reiterated their opposition to the changes, especially the extension in retirement age.
Royal College of Nursing chief executive and general secretary Peter Carter said: “We have always made it clear that the proposed changes to public sector pensions are of major concern to nurses and healthcare assistants.
“In particular, the number one worry has been the potential prospect of working in a physically demanding job until the age of 68. We remain committed to vigorously opposing this proposal.”
He added: “Asking nurses to continue working until they’re almost 70 is a deeply unpalatable prospect.”
Unite assistant general secretary Gail Cartmail criticised ministers for “steamrollering” the bill through, despite widespread opposition to the pension changes.
She said: “Ministers have dressed up their statements to give the impression that their plans for public sector pensions have been universally agreed by the respective workforces. This is simply not true.
“Unite will continue to campaign against this legislation, as it will mean public sector workers paying more, working longer up to the age of 68, and receiving less when they eventually retire.”
Dr Mark Porter, chair of British Medical Association, said: “The NHS scheme underwent major reform only four years ago, and continues to deliver a positive cashflow to the Treasury.
“We will be seeking to propose affordable ways in which the changes can be made fairer, both now and in the longer term.”