Joe di Paola, Scottish Organiser (Bargaining) said: “The strike of the UK meat inspectors goes ahead entirely due to the
provocative action of Mr McConnell’s Westminster colleague the Deputy Prime
Minister, who laid an order in Parliament today to cut pension rights for
LGPS members outwith Scottish schemes – including striking Scottish Meat
“The trade unions put proposals to him both yesterday and today that
would have formed the basis of a solution, these have clearly been rejected
by the DPM.
“Meat Inspectors work for a UK Central Agency, and are very clear
examples of the unfairness of the current proposals which the First Minister
has repeated today. We have MIs on Civil service schemes who have their
retirement at 60 protected, working in the same job as members of the LGPS
who are having their early retirement withdrawn.”
“I’m afraid this is not within the gift of UNISON, the First Minister
or Tom McCabe to deliver. Meat Inspectors are members of a Superannuation
scheme regulated by Westminster. UNISON members make up 98% of the workforce
and the strike will be solid.
“We have agreed a process whereby the Hall’s of Broxburn plant – which
has been widely reported as under threat – can continue to operate during
the strike at a reduced capacity by concentrating exempted MIs from other
plants. This should relieve any closure threat.
“Mr McConnell has to realise that the solution to this dispute lies in
the hands of him and his colleague. To offer talks whilst maintaining and
defending the plan to scrap the rule of 85 is not a ‘reasonable proposal’.
“We welcome talks, but until there is something concrete on the table,
the action will continue.”
Contact: Joe Di Paola (Scottish organiser – Bargaining) 0870 7777 006(w) 07958 121
Chris Bartter (Communications Officer) 0870 7777 006(w) 0771 558 3729(m)