Retirement savings is an industrial issue

The area of pensions, contributions and annuities has increasingly become a mainstream media focus in the UK. While many pension provisions in the private sector have been eroded over the years, the 2008 financial crisis ratcheted up changes.

This was with the coalition government's attempt at trying to tackle the deficient via constraints on the public sector. These are more highly unionised areas and where the deferred remuneration of a 'good' pension was part of the agreed bargain in terms and conditions.

With this in mind, Dr Carol Royal, Visiting Fellow at Cass Business School, and Professor Chris Rowley suggest that superannuation is an industrial relations issue, and it should not be separated from wage negotiations.

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