Pensioners Convention extends solidarity to UNISON members

Letter from national pensioners’ organisation says its members understand strains on services, adding that they will, where possible will support pickets

Two placards, the top is purple with the words 'OFFICIAL PICKET' in white capital letters, and the bottom half is white, with the UNISON logo on

UNISON members taking industrial action this month have today received a message of solidarity from the National Pensioners Convention (NPC).

In a letter addressed to Christina McAnea, NPC general secretary Jan Shortt said that, as older people, convention members were “much more aware of the cuts and staff losses to services that they rely on in their later years to help them cope with what are sometimes complex health conditions”.

Ms Shortt noted that the NPC was “also grateful for the support that your trade union gives to us as the largest campaigning organisation for older people in the UK”.

She added that, where possible, convention members will support picket lines and concluded: “We send our best wishes to all those taking action to ensure that healthcare services can be properly delivered by staff whose commitment to caring for others is apparent in their everyday work”.

Ms McAnea said: “We are grateful for the support of pensioners and the public. They know what is at stake and that staff do not take the decision to strike lightly.

“The cost of living crisis is hitting both pensioners and workers alike.”