The branch has received messages from regional office for your attention.

We have too few members and too few reps...

Andy Belfield, Regional Head of Local Government


I would like to thank you and your Branch...

Andy Freeman, Regional Organiser

A UNISON summary of the latest proposals

On 2 November a statement was made in Parliament about public sector pensions, setting out a ‘preferred design’ for the future of public sector pension. This design entails a number of changes to previous proposals for public sector pension schemes. HM Treasury has produced a 28 page document containing the proposals but the key changes are as follows.

Listen to Lisa Derbyshire LIVE from the picket line

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Listen to Lisa LIVE on Radio Sheffield


Message from the Branch Secretary -

Strike action update

The ballot of all Unison Members, which asked for support for strike action in protest of the Governments attack on public service pensions, closed today and the result of the ballot is a resounding YES to strike action on the 30th November.  An emergency joint branch meeting, comprising of Bolsover and NED branches is taking place on Thursday 10th November and part of the agenda will be to discuss the implications of the YES vote to our organisations.  I will have more news for you all following this meeting.

Message from the secretary

Dear members,

I would once again ask our members to support this campaign by not crossing the picket lines

The strike day is now upon us and I understand that times are difficult and the contents of our pockets are sparse. However, we need to remember what tomorrow’s strike is for. It is to protect our pensions. We do not wish to pay more or work longer or get less. It is time for our members to fight the Con-Dem government’s cuts to public sector pensions.

We have several picket lines arranged for tomorrow throughout our district. We also have photographers from The Derbyshire Times attending before 9am to take pictures at Saltergate for this week’s edition.

I would once again ask our members to support this campaign by not crossing the picket lines. Please show your support to all your colleagues whether you are a member of the Local Government Pension Scheme or not. Remember this is a strike for all Unison members.

Unison day of action live blog

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the members who have volunteered for picket line duty tomorrow. I would also like to remind you of the rally that is to take place in Rykneld Square, Chesterfield (outside the crooked spire) at 11am.

Please remember that a union is only as strong as its members and your support is paramount in enabling our Unison branch to continue grow in strength. I look forward to seeing you tomorrow. Kind regards.

Lisa x

Brief Notes on LGPS Powerpoint Questions


  • From 1 October 2012 (subject to each employer’s own introduction date) all eligible workers will have to be auto-enrolled into a qualifying pension scheme

  • A “qualifying scheme” is effectively one where the employer pays a minimum of 3% into it

  • The LGPS is a “qualifying pension scheme” and in effect already operates auto-enrolment as most members are automatically in the scheme on starting a qualifying employment unless they specifically opt-out

  • An eligible worker is an employee aged between 22 and State Pension Age whom earns enough to pay income tax

  • Members can opt-out of their employer’s qualifying scheme but will be automatically re-enrolled every 3 years

  • Although auto-enrolment duties come in from 1 October 2012 individual employers own duties will be introduced gradually over the following 4 years based on the size of the employer, typically by PAYE size

  • The largest employers will have to undergo this exercise first

Pension-slashing minister Francis Maude could pick up £731k retirement pot

"THE Tory minister ruthlessly slashing the pensions of millions of public sector workers could be in line to pocket a £731,000 retirement pot."

Read the full Daily Mirror article here

Think you cant afford to lose a days pay by striking?

Think again!

Message from the secretary


Dear members

I am currently in the process of setting up a rota for the running of the picket lines on Wednesday 30th November and I would extremely grateful for any member participation during this day of action. If you could spare any time, no matter how small, to man any of the picket lines please can you email me to inform me of the times you will be available. I am looking at placing three picket lines at various areas around the district. However, the more members that are able to participate, the more picket lines we can cover. There will be a picket register and a Unison Officer/ Representative present at each picket line.


Inaccurate information and misleading statements about public service pensions are rife in the media. Ministers are insisting that public service pensions need to be cut as they cost too much and the country can’t afford them.

We don’t believe this is true.

Guide to taking industrial action

 “We only take strike action as a last resort. We will do everything in our power to ensure no harm occurs to clients, patients and users of services.

But we need to send a message that we will stand up to protect our pensions.”

Dave Prentis, UNISON General Secretary, 14 September 2011

Industrial action is never taken lightly. We will only have an impact if we can show that our members are prepared to take the action. All members who are eligible to take industrial action should be encouraged to do so.


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