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UNIONS AND LGA CLASH OVER PENSIONS

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A new row has broken out between employers and unions over the status and timescale of the tripartite pensions talk...
A new row has broken out between employers and unions over the status and timescale of the tripartite pensions talks.

Unions want the talks, which cover the pension green paper and the revocation of the April 2005 reforms, to be considered negotiations. But employers say the pension scheme is statutory and deputy prime minister John Prescott will make the final decision.

Local Government Association director of central services John Rees said councils should be clear the association is 'not ultimately responsible for the outcome'. The sides are also split on timing, with the employers keen to move quickly.

Unison's head of local government Heather Wakefield said: 'I'm worried the LGA might want to have this all done and dusted before they wind the Employers' Organisation up.'

The two sides have already clashed over the revocation of pension changes (LGC, 2 June).

The LGA wants jointly commissioned research into the costs of revocation, and exactly who is on the local government pension scheme.

But Ms Wakefield said employers were blowing the costs of revocation out of proportion.

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