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Guernsey's Unite secure pension age for States employees

Plans to increase the pension age for some States of Guernsey workers from 65 to 70 have been scrapped.

A new pension deal, proposed by Unite, has been approved following a long running-dispute over public sector pensions between the union and the States of Guernsey.

States employees will also now continue to receive lump sum payments upon retirement. This was another change which had been proposed by the States of Guernsey.

Peter Huges, the secretary for Guernsey's Unite, says the new pension deal is good news for the workforce.

Employees of the States of Guernsey are the backbone of the island, delivering a whole range of services on which the community relies on.

The ‘work until you drop’ pension plans that the States of Guernsey sought to impose on its workforce would have seen some workers forced to work until they were 70 to get their full pension. The plans would have seen automatic lump sum payments scrapped too.

Under the new pension arrangements negotiated by Unite this is now not the case. Workers can now once again look forward to a pension age of 65 and a lump sum on retirement.

– Peter Hughes, Unite Guernsey

Deputy Jonathan Le Tocq from Policy & Resources Committee says he is pleased an agreement between the union and States had been reached.

The Committee is very pleased that the proposal which emerged through mediation has now been approved in a ballot by a 75% majority of the affected members of Unite....

The settlement that has been approved by the Unite members provides a further option for all members of the Scheme affected by the changes introduced in 2016. The Committee will now take the necessary steps to amend the pension rules and then work with Unite and other unions to enable affected members (whatever their union) to choose the option each considers appropriate for their own circumstances.

– Deputy Jonathan Le Tocq, Policy & Resources Committee member

The process of reforming public sector pension arrangement began in 2011.