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Pension talks intervention condemned

Eric Holmes, Joint Chair of the public sector pensions working group

Former minister Robertshaw accused of 'stirring' discontent

Former minister Chris Robertshaw is being accused of almost wrecking negotiations to reform the Island's public sector pensions.

Mr Robertshaw has expressed dismay that plans to raise the minimum retirement age for government workers have been dropped, along with proposals to tax the highest lump sums.

He accused the group representing unions and the government of failing to make the progress needed to ensure pensions are sustainable long term.

Bur joint chair for the employees' side Eric Holmes says Chris Robertshaw's intervention, which led to an emergency Tynwald debate this week, has been highly misleading.

Mr Holmes says he and fellow chair John Shimmin are getting on with the job - and Mr Robertshaw has tried to stir things up:

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