This week’s news in brief

Strong-arm pensions tactics

Insurance broker Marsh, which owns HR consultancy Mercer, plans to terminate the contracts of staff who do not agree to take a cut in their pension provision. The UK’s biggest insurance broker will lay off anyone who refuses to sign an amended contract that replaced their final salary pension with a ‘career revalued’ scheme.

HR Directors Club debate

At our next HR Directors Club breakfast meeting on 16 March, our panel of HR directors – all shortlisted in the Personnel Today HR Director of the Year Awards 2005 – will discuss how to get PR for yourself, your department and your organisation. Join Angela O’Connor (Crown Prosecution Service), Sally Jacobson (London & Quadrant Housing), Lesley Cotton (Holmes Place) and Mary Canavan (British Library) for a lively debate.
Call 020 8652 3304 or e-mail

Socpo competition winners

Congratulations to the winners of our recent competition, held in conjunction with the Society of Personnel Officers in Government Services (Socpo). Rickie Jennings, project manager/consultant on recruitment at Haringey Council, and Jim Dryden, organisational development adviser at Gateshead Council, both win tickets and accommodation for Socpo’s annual confer-ence and exhibition in Brighton on 29-31 March.

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