UK - Unions will price people out of jobs if they make pension contributions a key part of pay negotiations, a leading fund manager warns.
Trade unions have warned firms to make “adequate pension contributions” for employees or face large pay demands to make up the difference.
Amicus pensions officer Bryan Freake said: “If we roll the clock forward 10 years and we have a substantial membership in those defined contribution schemes, which are looking forward to inadequate benefits, then of course contributions will become a collective bargaining issue.”
Communication Workers’ Union assistant secretary Bill McClory agreed.
“It has become an industrial battleground. As pay is a key component of pension contributions, unions – in defending members’ pensions – will become more vigorous in improving rates of pay.”
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