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Pensions round-up

Issue No. 1986

Lies over the rule of 85

The government says the rule of 85 must go because it breaches European Union (EU) anti?discrimination rules. But Socialist Worker has learned that the EU has denied that there is any need for this. Unison is aware of the EU’s advice.

Ministers should now abandon the pretence that their hand is being forced by external forces, and withdraw the attack.

Tesco tanker drivers in talks

Oil tanker drivers who deliver to Tesco forecourts postponed a strike over pensions and other issues due to take place last week.

Some 140 drivers in the south west and south east of England were to take action.

But bosses offered new talks about guaranteeing drivers’ jobs, pensions, pay, terms and conditions when the contract transfers from the firm Wincanton to rival logistics company TDG.

Compensation scheme scandal

In the two years since it was announced, only 13 people have been compensated by the government’s scheme for workers who have been denied their pensions.

Most of the 15,000 eligible for compensation after the companies they worked for went bust are still waiting.

The 13 who have been compensated are all from Allied Steel & Wire, the Cardiff steel company that went into receivership in July 2002.

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