Public sector employees expected to refuse changes to pensions
Wednesday 23rd January 2013, 8:30AM GMT.
UNIONS are likely to soon confirm their unwillingness to accept proposed changes to the public sector pension scheme.
It is understood that the Association of States Employees will shortly issue a statement on behalf of all unions – including teachers, manual workers, civil servants and nurses – outlining pension members’ refusal to back down over the issue.
The States-created working group on public sector pensions announced recommendations in December that would see the controversial final salary scheme scrapped and replaced with a Career Average Revalued Earnings (Care) system.
Association of States Employees chairman Ed Freestone, who was the employees’ lead representative on the working group, was unavailable to comment yesterday.
But Unite regional officer Bob Lanning, pictured, confirmed that the different union representatives had recently discussed the issue and a joint statement would be released ‘imminently’.