The Dutch civil service scheme ABP has changed pension arrangements for military staff from final to average salary as of 1 January on a “temporary basis”.The €418bn pension fund said it had made the change while it was waiting for a “new and sustainable” pension plan to be agreed by trade unions and the Ministry of Defence (MoD).The move follows contradictory verdicts in two summary proceedings about a permanent transition from final to average salary arrangements. The cases were brought by the trade unions against the employer and the pension fund, respectively.The unions have demanded that the final salary plan should be continued until a new draft agreement with the employer about average salary arrangements had received the approval of union members. ABP’s head office ABP and the MoD, for their turn, wanted to introduce the average salary plan as of 1 January 2019, with the ministry arguing that the final salary arrangements were too expensive.ABP has said that its IT system could no longer cope with the current pension scheme for the military and that it no longer wanted to improvise administering the final salary plan.In the unions’ case against the MoD, the judge decided that the unions had to accept the new average salary plan for this year, following an agreement with the employer made in 2017.However, in the opinion of the judge handling the unions’ case against ABP, the civil service pension fund could continue to provide a final salary plan for the military staff.Citing ABP’s provider APG, the judge said that a “pure final salary plan was one of the easiest to implement”.He concluded that ABP had brought the problems upon itself by not keeping a separate IT system for the MoD staff when it switched to an average salary plan for the 95% of its participants who weren’t military personnel in 2004.The judge decided that ABP was no longer allowed to communicate that the average salary plan for MoD staff would be introduced as a fact.Commenting on the verdicts, a spokeswoman for ABP said that, as the social partners hadn’t reached a final agreement, its call centre wouldn’t use the expressions ‘final salary’ and ‘average salary’.Last week, ABP’s website still referred to the final salary plan for military staff would cease, but the MoD’s website said its personnel were subject to average salary arrangements.
Donegal soccer star Seamus Coleman has said he was proud to captain his country – even if it was only for a few minutes.Coleman – proud to captain his country.The Everton man finished last night’s friendly game with Wales with the armband.But the Killybegs man said his only mission now is to help Ireland get three points against Sweden in the World Cup qualifiers next month. “I’m very proud to get the armband but it was passed around a few times beforehand. As a kid, you always want to get the chance to do it.“Whether it’s a friendly or not, it’s an amazing experience and I really enjoyed it,” said Seamus.Coleman is constantly being linked with a move to Man Utd since his former Everton boss David Moyes became number one at Old Trafford.But he said his only thoughts now are about helping Ireland get to Brazil for the World Cup finals. “But those games next month will definitely be the most important that I will have played in ever.“It’s going to tell the tale whether we go to the World Cup or not.“We have to beat Sweden and then build towards the Austria game. And I think tonight was a positive result for the defenders, keeping clean-sheets will always mean we are confident going into games and that’s what just what we needed.”Three days before the Premier League season kicks-off, Everton man Coleman admits he was just happy to get a good workout under his belt. And, most importantly, come through it unscathed.“I think for the players the most important thing was to just get through tonight,” he said. “It’s the start of the season and the biggest thing was not to get any injuries.” COLEMAN DELIGHTED TO CAPTAIN COUNTRY BUT BIGGEST TEST AHEAD was last modified: August 15th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:CaptainIrelandKillybegsseamus coleman