MP votes against reform

ANGUS MP Mike Weir along with his SNP colleagues, has voted against the public sector pensions bill at Westminster.

Commenting after the final vote on the bill, which was passed by a large majority since the Labour party abstained, Mr Weir said the coalition’s plans for public sector pensions without proper consultation, causing great uncertainty and insecurity amongst Scotland’s public sector.

He explained: “These punitive reforms are all about the UK Government’s deficit reduction plans, and have nothing to do with securing sustainable pensions.

“The need for affordable, sustainable and fair public sector pensions is of critical importance to everyone, which is why the short term cash grab by the UK Government is so concerning.

“Pensions reform in Scotland should be taken forward in partnership with public sector workers rather than being imposed by the UK treasury. This bill places new and significant constraints on the Scottish Government’s ability to deliver a fair agreement which reflects Scottish circumstances.

“These plans will also have a detrimental effect on the local economy of Angus, where around one third of employed people are in the public sector.

“The UK Government continues to have the power to meddle and influence issues which are central to Scotland’s public sector workers and which should be for the Scottish Government to decide.”