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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