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Public sector workers air pension concerns

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MPs will be confronted with protestors tomorrow as hundreds of public sector workers lobby ministers on changes that the Government is proposing to make to their pension schemes.

In 2002 the Government published its Pensions Green Paper which sought to raise retirement ages in the public sector from 60 to 65, and to increase the age at which people could take early retirement from 50 to 55.

The unions say the changes are neither fair nor justified.

TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber said:

“It is generally recognised that public sector workers earn less money than people who do their equivalent jobs in the private sector in return for a more superior pension. Now the Government wants to take this away with insufficient time spent exploring any alternative proposals. Our lobby aims to sign up as many MPs as possible to the union campaign to protect public sector pensions.”

The TUC-organised campaign ‘Protecting public sector pensions’ takes place from 11.40am in the Palace of Westminster’s Central Lobby on Tuesday 16 November.

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