Pensions under threat

Think that your pension will transfer with you if you’re outsourced? Think again! That’s not always the case as Branch members working in three nurseries for West Sussex County Council have found out.

Because of the particular circumstances of their outsourcing, the Council argues that these staff cannot take their LGPS pensions with them, but will instead have to take the pension their new employer offers-likely to be a far inferior stakeholder scheme.

The Branch is seeking urgent legal advice for members and will meet to discuss their options once this is available. All members will want to take note of these worrying developments.

Local government staff are the lowest paid in the public sector. A modest pension is the least you deserve for your dedication, but even this is under threat. The branch will need its members to work with us to resist such flagrant attacks on core terms and conditions.