‘Kick in the teeth’ slammed by unions: ‘If this was any other employer the shadow cabinet would be lining up to speak on Newsnight’
The Starmer/Evans Labour party has been slammed by unions for telling staff – those who remain after almost a hundred of them were laid off by the party – that it plans to gut their pension scheme.
The end of the ‘defined benefit’ scheme, which previously guaranteed staff a decent income in retirement, has been flagged to staff by the party hierarchy – and rightly condemned by staff unions:
With their usual disastrous sense of timing, Starmer and his lackeys have sprung the news on staff in the final run-up to vital local elections across the country – and at a time when workers are being massively abused by corporate employers, Evans and co are trying to outdo the abusers by asking volunteers to fill positions vacated by laid-off staff.
Staff still with the party had already voted for strike action after the party showed its contempt for them with a below-inflation pay rise and the GMB union has ended all funding to London Labour for its treatment of workers employed by Labour councils, while genera secretary Gary Smith has ordered a full review of all the union’s donations to the party, with union insiders saying that a complete end to funding is on the cards.
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