Local Government Pension Scheme Absence Due to Trade Dispute
Form LGPS Str1
Members of the Shropshire County Pension Fund should use this form to tell us if they want to pay
pension contributions to cover a period of strike absence. Before completing this form please read the
notes at the end.
Period(s) of Absence
Due to Industrial
Election to pay arrears of contributions:
I wish to pay arrears of contributions at the rate of 16% of my lost pay to cover the periods of absence
from duty due to industrial action set out above.
Following this election I authorise the deduction of pension contributions from my pay.
How will my benefits be affected?
If you are involved in a trade dispute and you are absent from work without your employer's
permission and without pay for one or more days, the period of your absence will not count as a
period of pension scheme membership. Consequently, this period will not be included in the
calculation of your eventual retirement benefits.
For the purposes of the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS), one day’s strike absence will be
taken at its calendar length (i.e. 1/365th).
Based on a whole-time employee earning £16,000 per annum one day’s strike will result in a loss of pay
of approximately £61.54 (the calculation of this amount may vary slightly depending on your employers
The cost of paying the arrears in respect of one day’s strike absence would be £9.85 (i.e. £61.54 x 16%).
The loss of pension rights at retirement as a result of one day’s strike would equate to:
Annual pension: £0.73 (i.e. 1/365 x 1/60 x £16,000)
The example above assumes the same pensionable pay at retirement (i.e. £16,000). You should be
aware of other effects to your pension entitlements, which are summarised below.
What can I do to reinstate a lost period of membership?
Subject to certain conditions, which are summarised below, you can reinstate a lost period of scheme
membership if you make the required payment into the pension scheme. The payment that is required to
cover strike absence is equal to 16% of the pensionable pay that you would otherwise have received
during the period of your unauthorised absence. If you wish to make this payment, you must give written
notice to your employer within 30 days of returning to work following the ending of the industrial action,
and a form is attached for this purpose. Your employer has the discretion to extend this period if
Conditions of paying additional pension contributions in respect of a trade dispute
• If you cease to be employed by that authority without returning to work, you may still apply to re-instate
your membership in the LGPS. To re-instate membership you must return the attached form within 30
days from the day your employment ceases, or such longer period as your employer may allow.
• An application to re-instate membership lost due to a trade dispute may also be made by your personal
representatives if you die before giving notice of your intention to pay the arrears. It is important to
note that if you were to die on a day when you were absent from work due to a trade dispute no lump
sum death payment would be made from the LGPS without such an election being made. This reflects
the fact that for pension purposes the strike absence would be treated as a break in membership of
the pension scheme.
• The termination of your contract of employment because of a trade dispute does not prevent you
reinstating a lost period of scheme membership should you become an employee of a same scheme
employer not later than the day after the dispute ends.