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Local government pensions cuts still looming

06 January 2007
Negotiations are continuing over local government pensions. There are signs that some unions are willing to accept the latest government proposals, but others seem reluctant to endorse them.

New pension rules could bring disaster

16 December 2006
The new "Britsaver" pension, which the government announced this week, could make matters worse for millions.

Austin Mitchell and Prem Sikka on pensions and poverty

16 December 2006
Low pensions condemn people to poverty and misery. Both are becoming all too prevalent because Britain, despite being a rich country, does not pay a decent state pension.

Simple measures can solve the pensions crisis

16 December 2006
Whichever way one looks at it, current government policies cannot solve the pensions crisis. So millions more will be condemned to face retirement poverty and insecurity. The only way to tackle this is through progressive taxation and redistribution of wealth.

Work till you’re 68, says Labour

25 November 2006
The government used last week’s Queen’s Speech to underline perhaps the most significant single assault on workers’ conditions for half a century – and yet hardly a voice was raised in opposition.

Local government workers' lobby Parliament to demand decent pensions

25 November 2006
Around 1,000 local government workers lobbied parliament yesterday to demand a decent local government pension scheme.

Call for fight in Unison over pensions

04 November 2006
A rank and file initiative over local government pensions has proved a startling success.

Pensioners protest outside parliament

28 October 2006
Around 1,000 people attended a lobby of parliament this morning over state pensions.

Tax relief 'A-Day' for the rich to celebrate

10 December 2005
The rich were howling this week after Gordon Brown spiked one of their scams to drain off even more tax relief for elite pension plans.

Pensions crisis

09 March 2002
"Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid," was the Guardian's headline. "Britain is hurtling towards a pensions crisis," said the Sunday Telegraph. That was the alarm raised recently in the media over pensions. Big firms are stealing tens of thousands of pounds from workers' pay packets. They are robbing by stealth. They are taking from pensions, which are a form of pay set aside for the future.

Pension threat to eight million

16 February 2002
If you work for ICI, BT, Marks & Spencer, Iceland or a string of other top firms your pension is under threat. Such companies plan to slash what they spend on pensions by a third and make workers pay more. If they did this directly through a pay cut everyone would know what was happening.

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