Ok, so since you want evidence that the Union's had a part in it, I'd like you to provide evidence that they had NOTHING to do with it.
The ability to disprove things is as important as evidence to prove it.
Your arguement is that you are adamant that Unions have had little to no impact in each of these things and wont accept it without evidence.
But at the same time I could argue that there is no evidence to suggest that they had no impact on them.
Just that my experience and senses tell me that it's more likely that somewhere, a union has had something to do with each of these changes, than that some businessmen or politicians suddenly decided that people needed more holiday, better salaries, and improved rights within the workplace.
Even if it was an EU thing that pushed the changes through, chances are some european union had a hand in the change being pushed.
I'm not saying all unions are the saviour of the world, but to try and ignore the contributions they have made, for better or worse because you can't get a first hand account backed up from 15 different reputable sources doesn't mean they should be ignored or refused.
to put things in perspective, go on the TES site and look at the strike forum there!
localzuk (8th November 2011)
That thread actually highlights something that I hadn't thought of initially.
I can go work in the private sector for the next 40 years, be it mcdonalds or banking, and spend every penny I earn on whatever I like.
At the end of it, I can retire happily, knowing that the state will pay me, plus pay for half of my bills among other things.
Public sector workers can do this too; they don't have to enter into a pension scheme, but most public sector workers are paid a considerable percentage less than their private sector equivalent jobs. This is mostly because the gov assumes that they have to pay into your pension, wheither you opt to or not.
If the Gov doesn't want to pay me as much into my pension, then fine, I will happily end my pension, if they pay me the extra money they would have paid, or even a fair chunk of this in the form of increased salary.
Not only thist, but the gov uses the pension fund for investment.
The independant audit highlighted that the LGPS is currently in positive cashflow. This means that there's a pot of money that sits there happily, but the outgoings each month are covered by what's incoming, so that the lump sum they have can be used for investment opportunities.
Eventually, the outgoings will be higher than what's incoming at the current rates.
With this knowledge, if you decrease the amount the gov pays in this speeds up the process of negative cashflow. So they have to increase the employee contributions to compensate, bringing the break point further back again.
So this all comes down to the fact that the pensions need some attention to make them work for longer periods of time, but are currently financially viable. Raising the age of retirement is in this case a viable option, so is fixing the Final salary scheme to an average based scheme, both of which do not massively hurt the majority of Public sector workers.
Therefore, the only reason that the gov wants to review the funding side of pensions, is because they are trying to fix their defecit.
Raiding the pension fund is not a suitable way for the government to achieve their defecit goals, and is why the unions, and many members are up in arms.
If they had simply left it with the Final to average scheme and a few years added to retirement age, we would not be striking, simply put, and you would have seen a lack of support by members of any union trying to force one.
I'm still staying out of full debate on this, as being private school we don't even get a pension unlike the teachers here....and the talk of one happening will be 1% contribution by employer. so for those who think they have it hard working in a school, how about no pension at all. a lot of teachers on the TES seem to see private sector (which i guess we are) as some sort of pension holy ground where we will get massive amounts because we aren't government funded.....
For teachers that I know, a Private School pension is better than LGPS, but the working conditions are not as good as state schools.
As for me, I opted out and paid into my own pension fund in my Swiss account, with a frozen 9% interest for the next 10 years. I paid on average £60 a month into it (depending on bills etc) and in interest alone per year I got roughly £60 per year. Better than any pension scheme operated by the government / banks here. Only stipulation is once every 5 years I go to Switzerland to see my banker, update any family details, wills blah blah blah.
£32k is now the max I believe...just open an offshore savings account in Switzerland (can now be done by mail), transfer money into it after you open it, do this every month....interest is much higher and its done in the currency of choice (GBP for me).
Any chance of updating the misleading thread title as it's the whole public sector who are being asked to strike rather than just Unison?
Can anyone correct/update me on this, but am I right in saying that Pension income is taxable?
I'm fairly sure it falls under income tax, therefore 20% of it is going back to the gov anyway....
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