Archive for the tag 'Pensions'

It is disappointing that government failed to engage in reasonable talks and discuss their proposed imposed changes to public sector pensions. The changes that were announced in advance of the study they had commissioned to evaluate those pensions.
The lack of proper negotiation led to the action that was taken by public sector workers today.
I [...]

18 Comments CherryPie on Nov 30th 2011

The state pension: below the poverty line

UK pensioner poverty is among the worst in Europe – only Cyprus, Latvia and Estonia abandon their pensioners to a greater degree.  France spends over twice as much on pensions as the UK, Germany two-thirds more.

It is simply not true to say that the UK cannot afford [...]

No Comments CherryPie on Nov 29th 2011

The scandal of private sector pensions

The collapse of private sector pensions is one of the greatest outrages of our time.  Just over a decade ago nearly half of all private sector workers were in a workplace pension scheme; today it is only a third.  The cost of that decline will be borne by the taxpayer [...]

2 Comments CherryPie on Nov 28th 2011

Public sector pensions: affordable and sustainable

The pensions of public sector workers have come under intense scrutiny in recent months, with ministers and the media describing them as ‘gold-plated’ and ‘unaffordable’. Currently public sector workers are being told they must pay more and work longer for a lower pension – but is this necessary?
Last year [...]

4 Comments CherryPie on Nov 27th 2011

A booklet entitled ‘Fair Pensions for All‘ has been produced by PCS, the general union Unite, the National Union of Teachers (NUT), the University and College Union (UCU) and the National Pensioners’ Convention (NPC).  It looks at both private and public sector pensions and reveals a different point of view than the one [...]

9 Comments CherryPie on Nov 26th 2011

Yesterday was extremely busy and involved me getting up at the crack of dawn, which is unheard of for me.  The Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union took joint industrial action with three teachers unions (National Union of Teachers (NUT), University and College Union (UCU) and Association of Teacher and Lecturers (ATL)).  These unions are [...]

24 Comments CherryPie on Jul 2nd 2011

MYTH #5. It is unfair that public sector workers benefit from “gold plated” pensions
REALITY. The private sector is the real culprit for unfairness
What are the Facts?
The real inequality exists in the private sector, where highly paid executives receive the real gold-plated pensions. The TUC’s 2008 Pensions Watch study of 346 directors from 102 of [...]

6 Comments CherryPie on Mar 16th 2010

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