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Women 'hit most by pension reforms'


The government’s controversial public sector pension reforms will affect more female employees than male, Unison has warned.

The public service trade union revealed that 3.7 million women - 60% of those working in the public sector across Britain, including nurses - could be affected by plans to make them pay more income tax, work longer hours and receive less pension.

Nurses, along with other public sector employees like care staff, teaching assistants, social workers and school meals workers, are among those who will be forced to pay 3.25% more in tax and NI contributions under new government proposals.

Unison will soon be balloting 1.1 million of its members who work for local authorities, the NHS, water companies, the Environment Agency and as police support staff on whether to strike ahead of the TUC’s day of action on November 30.

Unison general secretary Dave Prentis said: “We have found that women are being badly hit by the recession, both as providers and as users of services. In the public sector, they face pay freezes at a time of rising inflation, job losses and now an attack on their pension entitlements.”

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Readers' comments (3)

  • This smacks of Thatcherism- taking the milk away from school children.
    I am a nurse who has worked for 30 years in the NHS, and was looking forward to retiring in the next couple of years
    Now i may have work even longer just to stay out of poverty
    Talk about,working till you hit your GRAVE

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  • So what? There may be more women than men in professions such as Nursing, but the men who are affected are affected just as badly!

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  • Although the tax and NI contributions affect both genders, female staff generally have less years service due to maternity leave and bringing up a young family, and possibly having to work part-time. There are men who take up the latter role, but they are in the minority. That will have a significant effect on pensions, if the so-called reforms go through and they are based on the average wage (affecting M&F) x length of service. I believe that is what the article was referring to.

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