Confusion over pension consultations

Karl Flint

Karl Flint

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Ongoing consultations on the future of the government unified pension scheme, teachers’ pension scheme, police federation scheme and Tynwald members’ pensions should not be confused with the state pension.

Karl Flint, who is vice-president of the Isle of Man Trades Union Congress, said it was aware from members making enquiries, meetings, and from casework visits that there was a ‘good deal of confusion’ with regard to the current consultations.

‘The consultations that are taking place at the moment are about occupationally based pensions that members contribute to throughout their working lives from their salary in the form of superannuation benefits,’ he said.

‘This has got nothing to do with the discussion that appears to have crept in about the sustainability of the state pension which is tied to the UK state pension.

‘And whether or not that becomes a topic for consultation in the future will be for the politicians to decide as and when they may feel it needs to be addressed.’

The Isle of Man TUC comprises a number of trade unions representing about 8,000 members in the public, private and voluntary sectors.

They include Unison, Unite, Whitely Council Employees Side, Communication Workers’ Union and the Association of Teachers and Lecturers.

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