Unite rejects pension deal for council workers
By Vivienne Russell | 10 January 2012
trade union has rejected the government’s reform proposals for local government
pensions, blaming a crisis of confidence and trust in Communities Secretary
authority national industrial sector committee, which met yesterday, rejected
the ‘principles document’ as a basis for a satisfactory outcome. This follows
the union’s rejection of the NHS pensions offer last week.
on December 20 that he had secured union agreement to some of the main reforms
to the Local Government Pension Scheme. These included linking the retirement
age to state retirement age, introducing a career-average scheme and an
employer contribution ceiling of 10.9%.
said these changes had not been discussed with union negotiators, adding that
Pickles’ assertions had severely dented the union’s trust in the government.
secretary Len McCluskey said: ‘Unite's local authority representatives have
lost trust after Eric Pickles let the government's real agenda out of the bag.
security of our members in retirement is just too important to leave any space
for doubt or mistrust, so the union's senior representatives in local government
have rejected the government's proposals.
needs to be genuine discussions without arbitrary deadlines. Our members need
clarity before we can move forward.’
Two teaching unions have also refused to agree to the
government’s main points of pension reform.