Mixed reactions to pension proposals


Following the public sector wide strike on 30 November, the government has come up with revised proposals for the various public sector schemes which unions are now trying to evaluate. In the health sector the government is now saying that those within 10 years of retirement will not be affected and there will be no contributions increase next year for those earning less than £26000 (€31300) a year. This goes some way to meeting union demands. In local government the unions – Unison, Unite and GMB – had seen the basis for negotiations to resume in January but have suspended agreement to this following a statement from the minister responsible for local government. The main civil service union, PCS, has rejected the latest government offer which it says will mean higher contributions, less protection against inflation and a retirement age rising to 68.
Read more on health pensions at > UNISON (EN)
And on local government at > UNISON (EN)
And at > PCS (EN)

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