The Daily Mail had a right old chortle the other week when it heard of plans by the union Unison to cut back on some pension entitlements:
'Sheer hypocrisy' as country's largest union moves to cut final salary pensions for members
The move is highly embarrassing for the union which is fighting a high-profile campaign against cuts to final salary pension schemes in the public sector.
I suppose one could see it as embarrassing, certainly. I'm sure it's not a decision that will fill Unison workers with delight - although it's not a scrapping of the final-salary scheme, as the story explains:
The union is reported to have considered even scrapping its final salary scheme in favour of one based on average career earnings. A similar scheme has already been introduced for new entrants to the Civil Service.
Imagine that - scrapping a final salary scheme! How outrageous. What kind of bastard employer would do such a terrible thing?
Daily Mail & General Trust is closing its final salary pension scheme to new members from October, but insists its retirement benefits remain "generous".
Mm, OK. Of course, one could see it as 'embarrassing' and 'sheer hypocrisy' for a newspaper to slag off a trade union for cutting back on its final-salary scheme - but not scrapping it altogether - and then scrapping its own final-salary scheme a couple of weeks later, and calling it 'generous'.