US - Hewlett Packard and SureWest Communications have become the latest companies to freeze their defined benefit schemes.
SureWest said on Friday the plan would be closed to future employees and future benefit accruals discontinued for current employees as of April 1, 2007.
Earlier in the week, HP announced it would freeze the US pension plans for employees in the HP pension plan and said it would make changes to future retiree medical eligibility.
The move is expected to save the company US$500m, part of which will be used to offer affected US employees the option to participate in a voluntary Enhanced Early Retirement (EER) programme.
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