Government Promises to Protect Accrued Pension Benefits of Remploy Workers
07 August 2012 (PLANSPONSOREurope.com) - The UK government has vowed to fully protect accrued benefits of members on provider of employment services for people with barriers to work Remploy’s pension plan, according to a Department for Work and Pensions spokesperson.
The commitment comes as the Press Association reports unions Unite and the GMB have warned disabled workers moving to a private employer after their factories close face receiving worse pensions.
The government plans to close 27 factories by the end of the year, while a further nine face an uncertain future, and 18 sites set to close or be sold-off next year.
A DWP spokesperson said: "The government has promised that if Remploy leaves government control at the end of the process the accrued benefits of members of the scheme will be fully protected.
"Our priority throughout Remploy's commercial process has always been to safeguard as many jobs as possible whilst using the £320 million protected specialist employment support budget we have to get more of the UK's 6.9 million disabled people of working age into mainstream employment - something that we know they want."