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I suspect that Unite’s argument that travel perks were “custom and practice” as opposed to a perk will not stand up in court. The company I worked for changed it’s pension scheme rules 3 years ago and restricted pension increases to the lower of RPI or 2.5%. Under the previous scheme rules increases were at the employer’s discretion and the Scheme Trustees argued that as past increases had been granted at RPI for over 20 years “custom and practice” applied and the company could not restrict increases to a maximum of 2.5%. The Trustees took legal advice from a major city law firm specialising in pensions and the advice was that a “custom and practice” claim would not stand up in court.

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