UK - Whitbread is set to close the defined benefit section of its group pension fund to future accrual at the end of 2009.
The hotel and restaurant group said the move followed a four-month consultation period and would affect around 800, or 3%, of its employees.
The firm said it would also make improvements to the defined contribution section of its fund and extend the eligibility for this scheme to a further 14,000 employees.
It closed its defined benefit pension scheme to new members in 2002.
Whitbread pensions director Lesley Williams said: "The changes will bring the pension benefits across the business into line and ensure that we offer fair pension benefits to all.
"Extending eligibility for the pension fund and improving the level of employer contributions will continue to ensure attractive benefits for Whitbread employees and for those joining the business."
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