Date: 20 December 2007
All they need for Christmas is a pension scheme
UNISON, the union representing Scotland's careers staff, today
announced that Father Christmas, had been recruited to the union's
campaign to secure adequate pension coverage for staff transferring
to the new Skills Development Scotland - the quango set up by the
Scottish Government to run careers, skills and lifelong learning
Father Christmas will be delivering a sack full of Christmas cards
to Fiona Hyslop MSP, the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong
Learning, at the Scottish Government Offices at Meridian Court,
Cadogan Street, Glasgow at 9.30am Friday 21 December 2007.
The cards say - "All I want for Christmas is my Pension Scheme"
and have been signed by most of the staff of Careers Scotland.
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The merger of the various organisations that will make up Skills
Development Scotland, mean that staff with a range of different.
James Corry, UNISON Careers Scotland Branch Secretary said: "Despite
the fact that it takes 4-6 months for an organisation to become
part of the Local Government Pension Scheme - to which most of the
staff belong - and the date for the new agency to be up and running
is 1 April, staff have still had no clarification on what pension
scheme the agency will become a part of.
"We have had some positive meetings with the new management, but
have had no guarantee that staff will transfer without detriment
to their pension. UNISON is clear that we need urgent clarification
of this if staff are to transfer into this new body with any enthusiasm."
Careers Scotland staff attached to both Scottish Enterprise and
Highlands and Islands Enterprise, will be merging with LearnDirect
to form the new 'super-quango' set up by the Scottish Government,
despite the wishes of the careers staff to be devolved to Local
For Further Information Please Contact: James Corry (Branch
Secretary) 07785 517 204 (m) Peter Veldon (Regional Officer) 07904
342 285 (m) Chris Bartter (Communications Officer) 07715 583 729