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Welsh Lose Out on Pensions
lose out on pensions
Workers in Wales are less likely to be paying into a company pension than those many other areas of the United Kingdom.
A study carried out by the TUC raised concerns that
although people may be working hard, they could face poverty in
The issue of pensions has been pushed to the forefront
of political debate by recent events in Wales - including worries over the
scheme at the collapsed Allied Steel and Wire in Cardiff, and the proposal
to scrap the final salary scheme at Caparo in Tredegar and Wrexham.
ASW staff feared they had lost their pensions when the
plant went out of business, making 800 redundant.
Caparo workers have pledged to continue a series of
24-hour strikes over the plans to change their pension scheme, which the
company has said it can no longer afford.
The TUC study found that many workers - as many as 12 m
across the UK - were not paying into a pension fund over and above the
basic state cover.
It also revealed that part-time female workers in
low-status jobs fared particularly badly, with only 15% in a company
The TUC said people who worked hard throughout their
lives should receive a decent retirement income.
It has now called for compulsory employer contributions,
and action to stem the tide of final salary scheme closures.
TUC general secretary John Monks said: "Hard
working people deserve decent retirement incomes but at the moment pension
coverage is disproportionately patchy."
The Anglo-Dutch steel firm Corus is the latest company
to suggest it will close it finally salary pension scheme - a move unions
have warned would spark industrial action if carried out.
In April, Corus has revealed its pension fund has built
up a surplus of £865m.
It was reported that the money had accumulated partly
because of the low life expectancy of steel workers.
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