Links to many pensions news stories can be found here: http://www.cookham.com/community/equitable/articles.htm.
The Pensions Protection Fund website is up and running here
APW members have set up there own website which can be found here.
Employees from T&N have started their own website which can be found here.
People from Expamet have formed a group and set up their own web-site called Adept. It can be found here
And another group of people from "Glory Mill" who have found themselves in a similar position have a web site here
And UK employees of the large French owned electrical group Alstom have a similar problem as shown here. This potential demise of a great British manufacturing company based on names such as English Electric and GEC is very sad. Also note that Alstom employees in the rest of Europe have protected pensions.
United Airlines Stewardesses
We have used the slogan “Stripped of our Pensions” on several occasions and we are not the only people to think of this idea. In the states, United Airlines have closed their final salary pension scheme, and their stewardesses have decided to protest in a similar way. See here for a rather interesting web-site. Any volunteers?
Protest Events Photo Album: Malcolm Leaning, (ex UEF Lincoln), has put photographs of many of our protest events on a web-site which can be found here. Over 1600 people have already viewed the images which spreads the message and shows other demonstrators that they are not alone.
The TUC have warned about problems with occupational pension schemes
The high fees taken by the independent trustees are widely known, see here.
The National Association of Pension Funds (NAPF) have published a report on the future of pensions called Pensions-Plain and Simple which addresses some of our problems. It can be obtained from HERE. You don't need to be a member, go to Resources and follow the links. You need Adobe Acrobat to download and read the 70+ pages
The Panorama website here carries reports on their programme about the plight of ASW workers. It can be accessed HERE. As time progresses it will be moved off the front page but should still be accessible via the archive button on their main page.
Dr Ros Altman, the pensions expert who spoke on the Panorama programme has a website HERE. She has written an excellent report on Final salary schemes which can be downloaded as a PDF File. From her home page go to Protection for Defined Benefit Schemes then select the report "Why we must protect...." At present it is the first report in the list.
The Confederation of Occupational Pensioner's Associations (COPAS) are working for reform of the 1995 Pensions Act. Their website is HERE. Don't confuse them with OPAS, see below.
The Department of Work and pensions WEB Site is here and they have a large number of publications which can be downloaded as PDF files here
Actuaries and pension consultants Barnett-Waddingham have a good archive of pensions news and comments on their web-site. We have no connection with them and the usual disclaimers apply.
There is a good official guide to pensions here
And the BBC have a good pensions factsheet
A good set of links to other pensions sites can be found at the Pensions Resource Group HERE
You can complain to the Occupational Pensions Advisory Service (OPAS). Details are on their website HERE. If they think you have a case they will pass you on to the Pensions Ombudsman (OPRA) who's website is HERE
How to contact your MP at parliament
Wind-ups are not the only pensions problem. Many people at ASW have AVCs in Equitable Life. For more information visit the Equitable Life Members website
Andrew Smith's comments and details of the government's proposals can be found here: http://www.dwp.gov.uk/consultations/consult/2002/pensions/index.asp
The governments proposals for an insurance scheme are based on the American Pensions Benefit Guarantee Corporation whose web site can be found here: http://www.pbgc.gov/default.htm
Please let us know of any good links we can add