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Unions press Govt to bring in compulsion

Trade unions are flexing their muscles in an attempt to convince the Government over the issue of compulsory pension contributions, said Minister for Work Nick Brown.

Brown, addressing a fringe meeting at the Labour annual conference, admitted that the unions are applying considerable pressure on the Government to look at introducing compulsion.

He said he believes the debate over compulsion will be included in the Government&#39s Green Paper on pensions which is expected to be published in November.

Unions, such as Amicus-AEEU, agree that the issue of compulsion is one of the most important facing the Government and say it has to accept that the time has come to introduce compulsion.

Brown said: “I expect the Chancellor will look very closely at what should be compulsory, voluntary or what should have tax privileges.”

Amicus-AEEU head of research Julian Richards says: “Amicus is in favour of compulsion on a couple of levels – compulsory membership for employees and compulsory contribution levels from employers. It is in the Government&#39s interest to compel employees to join schemes on offer in the workplace.”

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