Make your voice heard – Springfields Pension Consultation

We are urging members to submit their views to the open pension consultation. The consultation closes on 15 February 2022.

We remain unconvinced by the arguments put forward by the company to justify the creation of the new scheme.

We believe that the existing arrangements are in the best interests of our members and the company has not persuaded us that these changes are required. We have been clear in our recent letter to the employer that we are opposed to the proposals, and do not want to see the pension arrangements decoupled from the NDA.

The fees incurred by this exercise, given the limited benefits are unconscionable considering the context of job losses and detrimental changes to terms and conditions.

We are deeply concerned about the proposed new scheme operating with a sole corporate trustee. This is a scheme with considerable challenges due to the funding level of the scheme and the future of the company. The new scheme will therefore require robust governance arrangements that can have the confidence of members.

The company has proposed the establishment of a pensions committee, with employer and member representatives. We have serious reservations following the non-establishment of a pension forum following firm commitments in the 2020 pay negotiations. This was an agreement that was balloted on and accepted by our members.

We want a firm commitment for agreement on the terms of reference of the new consultative pension committee before the changes are implemented. We believe the terms of reference to the consultative committee, and the selection of member representatives should reflect the established bargaining units within the collective agreement. The terms of reference must guarantee that the committee will be consulted on important decisions such as the re-appointment and appointment of the defined benefit scheme sole corporate trustee.

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