NHS pensions- RCM

Published on Friday, 09 December 2011 09:59
Posted by Scott Buckler

Commenting on the Government’s announcement about the increase in NHS workers pension contributions, Jon Skewes,  director of employment relations for the Royal College of Midwives (RCM), said regarding increased pension contributions for RCM members

The RCM is disappointed that the Government has decided that it will increase midwives’ payments into the NHS pension scheme at a time when they are proposing major cuts to the NHS Pensions.

NHS workers already pay £2 billion more in their contributions than is paid out to retired members.  There is no reason to make them pay even more – this is nothing but a stealth tax on people saving for their retirement.

While the Government has said those with a full time salary of less than £26,558 will not have a contribution increase this year they will still raise their contributions in 2013 and 2014 at a time when their pay will be capped at 1%. It is disingenuous for the Government to claim they are protecting lower paid workers; nearly 60% of midwives work part time but the percentage they pay is based on their full time salary therefore many are lower paid but are still being hit with this hike in their pension contributions.

The Government had originally proposed to increase midwives payments from 6.5% to 7.7% they are now going to see their payments raised to 8%.

The RCM remains committed to the negotiation process to ensure that midwives and other NHS workers get a fair pensions deal, yet in our talks the Government keep moving the goalposts and seem intent on midwives paying more, working longer and getting less."

 

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