People employed in public sector work in Moray will be hit by "punitive changes" to their pension rights according to Moray's MP.
Angus Robertson has attacked the Labour Party in Westminster for permitting government plans for public sector pension changes to sail through the House of Commons during its final reading this week.
According to the Moray MP, the changes are a "short-term cash grab" that will have a devastating effect on healthcare, teaching and emergency service workers in the region and throughout Scotland.
Following a vote on the reforms Mr Robertson said: "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.
"Public sector workers in many jobs in Moray such as healthcare, teaching and emergency services will be hit by these punitive changes which are all about the UK Government's deficit reduction plans, and have nothing to do with securing sustainable pensions.
"Pensions reform in Scotland should be taken forward in partnership with public sector workers rather than being imposed by the London Treasury.
"This bill places new and significant constraints on the Scottish Government's ability to deliver a fair agreement which reflects Scottish circumstances."
"It is particularly galling that the Labour Party have seen fit to criticise the Scottish Government on this issue when the changes are happening in Westminster where their Labour MP colleagues have let the Tories off the hook and let the Bill sail through.
"The SNP will continue to ensure that the voice of ordinary public sector workers is heard in the UK Parliament."
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