Pension age change another blow to public sector workers, says UNISON

Wednesday 19 July 2017
For immediate release

Commenting on the government’s announcement that it plans to bring forward the rise in pension age from 67 to 68 by seven years, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “This will be another bitter blow for public sector workers whose workplace retirement is also linked to the state pension.

“They will have to work an extra year to pick up their state pension, while the retirement age for their workplace pension will also be increased.

“This move is not based on people living longer. It’s a cynical move to make many low paid workers in the NHS and local government either wait longer for their pension, or take a pension cut if they finish work early.

“The government should listen to the concerns of ordinary workers who will have to rely on the state pension to live above the poverty line when they can’t work anymore.”

Notes to editors:
 – The change affects workers currently aged between 39 and 47.

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