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Unions want to 'start the pension talks'

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UNIONS have called for an urgent meeting with States officials so that 'negotiations can begin' on pensions.

UNIONS have called for an urgent meeting with States officials so that 'negotiations can begin' on pensions.

The Association of States Employees Organisations, which includes 12 independent unions, issued a statement yesterday claiming the States-created joint working group on pensions had 'no authority' to announce suggested changes to the controversial final salary scheme.

'The changes were announced by representatives of a joint working group which has no authority to make the changes. This merely signals the start of the process, not the end,' Prospect negotiations officer Kevin McAlonan said.

Rodney Benjamin, pictured, was appointed as independent chairman and yesterday found it hard to understand how the Association of States Employee Organisations could question its validity.

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