Vested interest

PUBLISHED: 10:27 24 April 2006 | UPDATED: 09:10 24 May 2010

RE: PENSION rights for Government employees, and Andy Bollard's letter in the April 7 issue, I think all persons with a vested interest should be excluded from writing to newspapers. No one wants to reduce the pension right of civil servants and Governmen

RE: PENSION rights for Government employees, and Andy Bollard's letter in the April 7 issue, I think all persons with a vested interest should be excluded from writing to newspapers. No one wants to reduce the pension right of civil servants and Government employees just for the sake of it. All that we are asking is that they suffer the same loss which other employees and the self employed who made personal pension arrangements have suffered.It is total nonsense to speak of public service employees having been paid less than the going rate. I would be very interested to see a full list of the top 100 employees by salary levels, the hours they work, the holidays to which they are entitled, their own pension contributions, the contributions by the employer and all other benefits which they enjoy. So far as I am concerned most of them are pampered as against the private sector. I would be much more impressed if Mr Bollard and his like would come out strongly in favour of restoring the pension rights of the private sector and state pensioners.In his letter to the Weston Mercury Ken Lacey, chairman of Weston Senior Citizens' Forum, finished with the statement "if we all stuck together we could jam the courts for months". I would add that if we all stuck together we could determine the next Government given the people coming up to pensionable age, there are about 12 million of us.HAROLD JAMES - Upper Church Road, Weston

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