Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Local Government Pensions - no news may not be good news?

Two months ago civil servants met with representatives of those negotiating on the future of the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) to discuss proposals which they had agreed upon, and submitted to the Government, three weeks before.

And that remains the latest news (http://www.lgps.org.uk/lge/core/page.do?pageId=15431012).

It is now more than a fortnight since our NEC was told, by no less a person than an Assistant General Secretary, to expect some developments in the following week (http://www.jonrogers1963.blogspot.com/2012/04/pensions-discussions-at-unison-centre.html?m=1).

Still, all is silent (http://www.unison.org.uk/pensions/lgps.asp).

Leaving aside the questionable justifications advanced by our negotiators for keeping secret the "deal" with the employers which has yet to be approved by Ministers (http://www.jonrogers1963.blogspot.com/2012/04/stop-press-eric-pickles-didnt-eat-my.html?m=1), I surely can't be the only one out here in the blogosphere wondering why we haven't at least set a deadline for the Government to respond, following which we would (at the very least) make public the proposals which have now been with civil servants for twelve weeks.

The conduct of the trade union side in the LGPS negotiations appears to indicate a lack of confidence in the possibility of further industrial action, since we are allowing our opponents in the Government to treat us contemptuously.

Which I don't think we need to.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

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