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4 Comments CherryPie on Nov 22nd 2013

The fact that the Public and Commercial Services trade union had called a strike on Wednesday gave me the excuse to take an extra day off and accompany Mr C to Newcastle where he was delivering a training course on Thursday.  I have fond memories of business trips to Newcastle a number of years ago [...]

16 Comments CherryPie on Mar 25th 2013

On Thursday 14th February Philip Dunne, Minister for Defence Equipment, Support and Technology visited my workplace, the Defence Support Group (DSG), to hand out campaign medals to workers who have served in Camp Bastion, Afghanistan, in recognition of the pivotal support they provided to the front line troops.
Ironically Philip Dunne is the Minister that is [...]

2 Comments CherryPie on Feb 16th 2013

On Saturday evening a good friend came round to visit.  There was lots of chatting, board games and a demonstration of Japanese medical skills and the next thing I knew it was 4.30 in the morning!!
The result of this late night/early morning meant I was rather lethargic during Sunday morning.  But I was forced to [...]

10 Comments CherryPie on Jan 7th 2013

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

Conclusion: fair pensions for all

Nearly one in five of us , living in the UK, is over the state retirement age.  A fair pension for all is affordable in the sixth largest economy in the world, if we choose it to be.
A pension is income deferred.  Whether it is through national insurance of contributions to [...]

6 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

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