More than 100,000 people have signed a parliamentary petition to demand the government re-consider proposed changes to the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) investment regulations.
Unison, which launched the petition, is concerned the reforms do not satisfy the requirement for accurate data to ensure the success of the government's wish for the LGPS funds to increase investment in infrastructure.
Unison is also concerned trade union representation has not been factored into the government's proposals.
Surpassing the 100,000 milestone means government now has to consider whether it will debate it in parliament, although it is only discretionary.
Unison national officer Colin Meech told PP the 105,044 total signatures on the petition indicate the concern members have for the issue.
He said: "It is recognition of the seriousness of our members' concerns about what the government is doing. The bids have no trade union representation and all of them have gone to the Department for Local Government and Communities (DLGC)."
The presence of advisory notes on infrastructure in the draft reforms but none on union representation, is evidence for the lack of union representation, Meech added.
Unison has previously challenged the proposals, saying it contradicts European pension law.
It has argued for years this exemption is wrong and the LGPS must comply with IORP, which says member states must not subject investment decisions of institution or manager to any prior approval or system notification.
The government has admitted IORP applies to LGPS.
Regarding the implications in light of Brexit, Meech explained European law applies to the UK even after Article 50 is triggered.
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