|pensions in crisis
For years we've all thought life would gradually get better. Living standards would go up. Progress was inevitable. But that's not going to be true any more when you retire. If you're at work today then you could well be much worse off than those who have already retired. There's no single reason - that's why it's a pensions crisis. You can read our pensions crisis fact file here.
|what's needed now?
We need a new partnership for pensions. Employers, employees and the state must all play their part. You can find out more about TUC proposals here, on how we believe the pensions crisis can be overcome.
|join our campaign
We believe everyone at work should be able to look forward to a secure income in retirement that provides a decent standard of living and allows full participation in society. We've called our campaign for a new pensions partnership pay up for pensions because we recognise that government, employers and employees all have to contribute to a fair pensions settlement. We recognise that our proposals are bold and radical, and that it will require a long and hard campaign of persuasion to win the wide support needed for a pensions settlement. Click here to help us with the campaign.
Delay to pension auto-enrolment is deeply disappointing
Commenting on the new timetable for the staging of auto-enrolment, announced today (Wednesday) in a written ministerial statement, TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber said:
Thousands of northern region workers and trade unions taking to the streets for Pensions Justice
Thousands of workers across the North East and Cumbria will be showing their support for Pensions Justice and joining in with one of the four regional March and rallies across the region on Pensions Day of Action, November 30th.
As well as independent pickets all over the region, workers and trade unionists will be coming together in co-ordinated action in Newcastle-Gateshead, Middlesbrough, Carlisle and Whitehaven.
Northern region trade unions gearing up for Pensions Day of Action
The Northern Public Services Alliance and Trade Unions across the whole of the northern region will be out in force on Action Saturday, 19th November, building support and giving out vital information about pensions and why the unions involved are taking industrial action, ahead of the national Day of Action on 30th November.
MPs urged to vote against pensions changes
Commenting in advance of the vote today (Monday) in Parliament on the Second Reading of the Pensions Bill, TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber said:
Pension contribution increases will add to “volatile cocktail”
Previewing Lord Hutton's review of public service pensions, due to be released at 8am tomorrow (Thursday), TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber said:
Budget changes have slashed public sector pensions
An eighty year old pensioner with an average public sector pension would be more than £650 a year worse off if the budget change to the indexing of pensions had been in force since their retirement, according to new calculations from the TUC released today (Wednesday).
Department for Work and Pensions
Government department responsible for pensions and benefits
TUC site to assist people in advising their colleagues and friends about their pensions options.