Labour, Lib Dems and Tories Condemned for Strike

Labour, Lib Dems and Tories Condemned for Strike

The Newcastle upon Tyne Community First Party has condemned Labour, Lib Dems and Conservatives for the strike action taking place today.  Labour plundered private pensions and now Tories & Lib Dems are doing the same to public sector pensions.

Party Secretary, Olga Shorton, has accused the Conservative Lib Dem coalition of attacking the terms and conditions of public sector workers to pay for the Labour Government’s overspending and the bad decisions of bankers.

Many strikers consider the increase in contributions, retirement age, inflation calculation and accrual rates to be a retrospective change in their terms and conditions and which they consider to be theft.

Olga Shorton, who is also Newcastle First’s spokesperson for Elswick Ward, said: “The industrial action today involves unions that have never or very rarely voted to strike. There is considerable anger at the decision to increase pension contributions with no negotiation on top of a pay freeze for some and job losses for others.

“It is hard not to sympathise with ordinary working people who feel they have been mugged by millionaire cabinet ministers and are taking a stand by giving up a day’s pay just before Christmas. This strike is a direct result of the refusal of George Osborne, Frances Maud and Danny Alexander to properly negotiate over the pensions issue and they have spent the run-up to the strikes making threats instead of talking to the unions. The Labour Government plundered private sector pensions and now the Tories and Lib Dems are doing the same to public sector pensions.

“The Tories are making Newcastle residents pay for the deficit with their jobs and by cutting benefits, which is deeply damaging to our economy now and the pensions attack will leave future Geordie pensioners much worse off and limit their spending power and our economy in the future. They are being aided and abetted by the Lib Dems while Labour sits on the fence trying not to upset their union paymasters by their refusal to back the strike.

“We are 300 miles from London and all of the three main parties have let down working people in Newcastle. We believe it’s time for local people to take back the reins of power and hand them to people who believe in putting people ahead of profits and people before politics.”

Newcastle First is also recommending that public sector workers use the day of action to undertake community activities where they live.

Olga added: “We hope that local people who decide to take part in the day of action will choose to spend some of their unpaid day off to support the local community. By doing this, they will demonstrate that they are standing up to the Tory and Lib Dem bullies with a very heavy heart.”

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