Pensions Feedback

Members of the ICL Defined Benefit Pension Plan should have seen the latest statement from the reps on the Pensions Forum, dated 4th September 2009. This includes:

2) Member Feedback
Feedback from members is a crucial part of the whole representation and consultation process. It helps ensure that we are in tune with your diverse views and any special circumstances. Your comments give your representatives considerable strength in discussions with the Company when discussing the subject on your behalf.
We received written comments from 629 individuals in late May / early June and forwarded them (clues to identities and superfluous wording excluded) to the Company. That collated document made the Company fully aware of the feelings of members at that time – now we must repeat the exercise to ‘feel the temperature’ and incorporate it into the current stage of the consultation.
Could everybody please write to your representative by 17.00 on Friday 11th September. Whatever your views please tell us now – even if they repeat previous emails. Even if your views are similar to a colleague please ensure that each of you responds. Your feedback can be as short as you wish, indeed the more succinct the better, but in any case please keep your comments under 500 words.
There is no set format for your comments, although we would particularly like people to address the following:

  • How do you feel now about the Company’s proposal to change your pension provision?
  • What do you think about the Forum’s Mission Statement?
  • Do you have any other ideas or suggestions for the Forum, including ones related to the paragraph below?

When we have been holding member meetings recently we have frequently been asked what action we want members to take. Members make a wide range of suggestions as to what they might do, such as leaving the Company, working to rule, threatening or taking legal action or joining the union. It would assist your representatives to know what action you would support or advocate, so that we can ensure that we are representing you accurately.

Please help us to help you by sending us your comments now. We will collate these views to demonstrate members’ current feelings (anonymously) to the Company.

It really is important that ICL DB Pension Plan members send in their feedback by the deadline of 17:00 on Friday 11th September.
Channel 4’s flagship documentary programme, Dispatches, will be carrying an edition on the subject of pensions around the end of this month. UNITE has been contacted by the producers, who are keen to talk to as many Fujitsu staff as possible. They are not after “expert opinion” from you, but want to show the personal impact (financial, personal, emotional) of what’s happening. If you might be willing to take part, please contact us as soon as possible. Filming is already underway, so this opportunity to raise the profile of our issues and our campaign is urgent. Calling does not mean any commitment from you to take part. A few employees may have contracts which restrict their right to talk to the press – if you have such a contract, you should heed what it says.

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