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Defending pensions

Issue No. 1967

Public sector union leaders met government ministers last week and again rejected moves to raise the pension age to 65.

The government floated a “compromise” that would bring in the change over a longer period, by 2018. But there is strong pressure, likely to surface at the TUC, among public sector workers to resist any attacks.

Workers at Grampian Country Foods, a key meat supplier for Britain’s supermarkets, could take action over pensions.

Some 739 T&G union members are balloting for action following management’s announcement of changes to the pension scheme.

The proposed closure of the final salary scheme and its replacement with a money purchase scheme, would leave workers worse off.

Manchester trades council recently held a meeting with over 80 people to discuss the defence of pensions.

Some areas, including the NHS, were not part of the planned action earlier this year as the government had pushed the attack through in stages.

Now there is a chance to bring the public sector together.

Geoff Brown secretary, Manchester trades council (pc)

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Sat 10 Sep 2005, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1967
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