public sector pensions dispute

Pension Revolt: Time for the TUC to Get its Finger Out

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Nothing better illustrates the utter cynicism at the heart of New Labour than the timing of its decision to launch an all-out assault on public sector pensions.

Nearly all of the key announcements - which affect millions of workers in the NHS, schools and universities, the civil service and local government - were made in the past two months, in a hasty rush of activity. With customary double-speak, health secretary John Reid and education secretary Ruth Kelly have both been trying to make out in their inimitably patronising fashion that doing away with existing pensions entitlements and making people work longer is actually a tremendously egalitarian measure.

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