NIPSA’s solicitor John McShane and General Secretary Carmel Gates.

I am reissuing the report to bring to your attention the need to circulate it to all your members. We have been advised by our legal team that it is essential that we ensure, as far as possible, that all our members have been made aware of the issue.

I would suggest that when circulating this article to your members that you encourage them to use this as an opportunity to recruit those who are not in a trade union to join NIPSA, visit the Join Us page to become a member. Only those who are NIPSA members will be included in the legal case and that will include all members who join us.

Please make every effort to bring this to the attention of all members and non-members.

Carmel Gates
General Secretary

NIPSA's solicitors McCartan Turkington Breen are lodging 'injury to feelings' compensation claims on behalf of each of the union's 40,000 members. It comes after the UK Supreme Court recently denied a Government application to appeal a 2018 Court of Appeal judgment over changes to judicial and firefighter pension schemes which it deemed was discriminatory.

The McCloud/Sargeant case, brought by the Fire Brigades Union and the Local Government Association, argued that changes introduced by the Government in 2015 were unlawful in that they gave greater protection to older workers. The changes, which came out of the 2011 Hutton Report into public service pensions, basically ended final salary schemes and replaced them with career‐average alternatives.

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