Pensions

Your pension is a major component of your pay, as well as being essential to ensure you are financially secure when you retire.
Though it’s easy to put off thinking about your pension when you’re young, it’s actually far more expensive to buy a pension as you get older.
Member Nominated Trustees
The right for members of pension schemes to nominate some of the trustees is a key legal protection for us. Fujitsu has been operating its schemes with an “opt out” from the standard arrangements, but soon this will no longer be permitted.
As a result, even though the schemes already have Member Nominated Trustees, new ones must be appointed under the new rules. This will almost certainly lead to fresh nominations and/or elections, subject to new guidance from the Pensions Regulator on the minimum skills and knowledge of trustees.
Free training
If you might be interested in being a trustee (or if you’re just interested in pensions), you can take the free online course for trustees set up by the Pensions Regulator: http://www.trusteetoolkit.com. Completion of this course will ensure that you have the knowledge and commitment trustees need.
Robert (Wilf) Williams, a UNITE rep in Warrington and currently a trustee on the Fujitsu UK (Defined Contribution) pension scheme, says “The course isn’t too difficult and there’s plenty of time to complete it before any call for new trustees.”
Pensions Champions
The Trades Union Congress (TUC) recently launched a scheme to build a network of “pensions champions” who can provide information and (non-regulated) advice in workplaces around the country.
You can find out more here:
http://www.pensionschampions.org.uk/

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Unite members across Fujitsu Services Limited in the UK have been taking industrial as part of their dispute over jobs, union recognition, pay and pensions. Action from 28 February has included 15 days of strikes and ongoing action short of strike.

INDUSTRIAL ACTION IS CURRENTLY SUSPENDED while members consider an offer from Fujitsu.

The national dispute follows the resolution of a local dispute in Manchester which included 12 strike days.

Further information is available here including events, pickets, a downloadable appeal for support leaflet and how to donate to our strike fund.

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