Today is a day of national strikes by public sector employees over their pension rights.
The average public sector pensioner gets a pension of £5,600 (median).
The average pension of a woman who worked for local authority is £2,600 pa
Basic old age pension is £102 a week or £5,300.
Pension poverty is defined as having less than £178 a week. £9,256 pa.
So in most cases those retiring on only a state pension from the private sector who have paid nothing get almost £4,000 a year in pension credits and other benefits from the state for which they have not paid a penny in contributuion.
But state employees have to pay all their lives for on average something little better.
And you call that a gold plated deal?
The reality is that public sector employees are paying in very many cases for what they could egt anyway without a pension scheme. Those complaining, please note. The subsidy is to the private sector here - paid for by state sector employees.
That's the reality of what is happening.
All data from http://www.pcs.org.uk/download.cfm?docid=31F34882-8A2E-4BAB-9CF42FA92DFB02CF