TUC general secretary Brendan Barber told the National Association of Pension Funds conference today that workers feel “let down, betrayed and angry” at the retreat from good pensions provision by many employers.
Barber said: “Pensions have shot up the union agenda. This is not because they have suddenly become of interest to activists and union leaders, but because they are a top concern for people at work.”
He warned that staff would no longer “meekly accept” a cut in their pension rights and that they understand that the pension is part of their pay packet.
He added that unions are prepared to take action where there is no will by employers to save pension schemes with difficulties.
Barber highlighted the major pensions rally and march in Lon don on June 19 as a national wake up call and a message to politicians that radical action is needed.