Occupational Pensions: Delayed wages subtracted?
Wednesday 10th March, 2010
NUT Hamilton House, Mabledon Place, London WC1H 9BD
The Institute of Employment Rights
about the conference
It has been a long path from Turner’s Pension Commission in 2005 which insisted on a minimum employer contribution of 3% to occupational pensions. And while we should welcome the new pensions system which will for the first time compel every employer to contribute to their staff pensions we still need to consider:
—where the law stands
—how pension provision in the UK can be improved and protected
Despite the threats to workers’ occupational pensions during the economic recession, platinum-plated pensions are still being enjoyed by FTSE 100 directors, which regularly pay out nearly £250,000 a year. Despite much rhetoric to the contrary, taxpayers spend twice as much on private sector executive pensions than on public sector pensions. While private and public sector employers continue to attempt to close final salary pension schemes unions have engaged in high profile disputes and campaigns.
So what does the future hold for occupational pensions? This seminar will update delegates on developments in pension provision and will look at what unions are doing in the public and private sectors to best protect the pensions of their members.
- 1.30 Registration
- 1.50 Introduction from Chair, Carolyn Jones, Director IER
- 2.00 Occupational pensions: a legal framework
- 2.20 Defending occupational pensions in the public sector
Glyn Jenkins, Unison
- 2.40 Questions and discussion
- 3.00 Tea and coffee
- 3.05 Occupational pensions and the recession: who bears the risk?
Bryn Davies, UPS
- 3.25 Unite and pensions in the private sector
Bryan Freake, Unite
- 3.45 Questions and discussion
- 4.15 Close
Bryn Davies is Director of UPS Ltd and co-author of Pension Promises and Employment Rights (IER, 2004).
Brian Freake is Pensions officer at Unite the Union.
Glyn Jenkins is the Head of Pensions at Unison.
Carolyn Jones has been Director of the Institute of Employment Rights since it was established in 1989.
Ivan Walker is a consultant for Thompsons Solicitors and has his own law firm, Walkers Law.
Who should attend
The seminar will be of great interest to trade unionists, employment lawyers, personnel specialists, academics and students and those concerned with the development of public policy.
How to book
To reserve your place, complete the web booking form below or send your cheque, made payable to IER, to Institute of Employment Rights, The People’s Centre, 50-54 Mount Pleasant, Liverpool L3 5SD.
Tel 0151 702 6925; fax 0151 702 6935; email@example.com
CPD, NPP and EPP accreditation
This seminar counts for 1 credit hour under the Law Society’s Continuing Development Scheme and the General Council of the Bar’s New Practitioners’ Programme and Established Practitioners’ Programme.
Details of nearby hotels are available from the office. Name changes are accepted up until the time of the event. Delegates who advise IER of their cancellation more than 15 working days in advance will receive a credit note with 10% deduction for administration.
How to get there
Nearest tube and train King’s Cross and Euston
£45 IER Subscribers and members; £60 trade unions;
Book your place now!