Unite rejects pensions offer

TRADE union Unite rejected reforms to the Local Government Pension Scheme yesterday, saying its members lacked “clarity” on the plans.

Changes include basing pensions on average career earnings and linking the local government retirement age to the rising state pensions age.

The union accused communities secretary Eric Pickles of wrongly claiming the proposals were agreed.

Unite’s Len McCluskey said the proposals were rejected because: “The security of our members in retirement is just too important to leave any space for doubt or mistrust.”