CBI: 'Public-sector pensions unfair and unaffordable'
There is - arguably - no more valuable benefit from working in the public sector than the pension arrangements, which typically pay out a guaranteed proportion of each employee's income.
Such final salary schemes are expensive and have become something of a rarity in the private sector.
The CBI calculates that this pension promise is worth, on average, 26% of every public-sector worker's salary.
This, says the CBI, is unaffordable: the employers' organisation estimates that a proper recognition of the cost of public sector pensions would more than double the national debt and add £10bn to the true cost of government every year.
And it says that with average earnings in the public sector now greater than private-sector earnings, the historic case for the state providing superior pensions to its employees has gone.
The CBI urges whichever party wins the election to replace pensions linked to salary with new pensions determined by how much each employee puts in.
These could still be free of risk (unlike most pensions offered today by private-sector employers) but would be much less generous.
The model for the CBI would be Sweden's "notional defined contribution" approach.
All of which has financial logic.
But any new chancellor may be a little nervous about shining a bright light on this liability at a time when the public-sector's soaring conventional debt is the most pressing challenge of the moment - although the Tories have announced a limit on pension payments to those officials on highest earnings.
And any new prime minister may be a little nervous about going into battle, within weeks of a general election, against public servants paid to carry out the new government's will.