Union leaders are split over new pension deal

INFIGHTING among union officials has led to two senior figures effectively being forced to remove themselves from discussions on planned pension changes.

INFIGHTING among union officials has led to two senior figures effectively being forced to remove themselves from discussions on planned pension changes.

Unite regional officer Bob Lanning claimed he was now leading the ASEO – an umbrella body that represents 12 unions active in Guernsey.

It is understood that ASEO chairman Ed Freestone and vice-chairman Chris Torode removed themselves from talks after their colleagues reacted furiously to the deal they presented.

Mr Lanning said as far as he was concerned, the working group was only supposed to review the current final salary pension scheme and did not have the authority to negotiate on behalf of his members.

Terms of reference for the working group, published by the States Pensions Consultative Committee more than a year ago, clearly stated it was to ‘make recommendations regarding future pension provisions’.

When pressed on the terms of reference, Mr Lanning, pictured, confirmed he had read it and admitted he was at fault for failing to grasp the significance.

‘I totally agree I should have picked up on it,’ he said. ‘I do believe there was a fault on my part and absolutely accept that some of the blame lies at my door. Maybe I was naive, which seems strange since I’ve been in this job forever.’

Comments for: "Union leaders are split over new pension deal"

markB

Now come on girls stop fighting

Martino

Messrs Freestone and Wilson would seem to be the voices of reason and realism here. They should not allow themselves to be bullied out of the discussions by Comrade Lanning, who every time I hear him on the radio sounds like a throwback to the 'out brothers out' style of union militancy of 40 years ago. He belongs in Dagenham or Merseyside in the 70s, not in Guernsey in the 2010s.

Martino

Sorry, I meant Mr Torode not Wilson in my first line of the post above. I must have been thinking of Harold Wilson, the utterly useless labour pm who was letting the worst union militants run riot in the early 70s.

PLP

...or Sergeant Wilson from Dads Army?

Guernseyman

So Mr Lanning you were wrong all along ... EPIC FAIL on the most important item you should have been dealing with