Unions reject Guernsey public sector pensions reform

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Proposals to reform Guernsey's public sector pensions have been overwhelmingly rejected by the unions representing States employees.

Plans to move 5,000 employees from a final salary pension to a career average scheme is due to be debated by the States in February.

The 14 unions met on Monday to discuss the States' offer and possible areas of opposition and compromise.

Spokesman Ed Freestone said what was being offered was "too low".

Mr Freestone, head of the Association of States Employee Organisations, added that many unions were concerned it would become a "barrier to recruitment".

Under the proposals, the retirement age would become the same as the normal state pension age, which is currently 65 but is due to rise to 67 by 2031.

It follows continuing increases in the pension scheme's liabilities which totalled £503m, according to the accounts for 2012.

Those employees affected include nurses, teachers, police officers, firefighters, postal workers, employees of Guernsey Electricity and the crown officers.

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