(03/11/11) UNISON members have voted Yes to industrial action to defend pensions in the biggest trade union ballot ever held, by 245,358 votes to 70,253.
Commenting on the result, general secretary Dave Prentis said: “The decisive Yes vote in the ballot, reflects the deep concern that our members have over government ministers’ proposals for their pensions.
“Yesterday’s statement in Parliament was a marked improvement on earlier proposals.
“But, it is important to understand that the statement has to be translated into offers in the scheme-specific talks.
“We still have had no offer in those negotiations, where such an offer can legitimately be made.
“We support the TUC day of action on 30 November,” added Mr Prentis, “but will be negotiating right up to then and beyond to get a fair deal for our members.”