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Friday, February 26, 2021
TUC Pensions Conference 2021: Fair pensions for all
The TUC pensions conference brings together representatives from trade unions and the pension sector to debate the latest policy issues.
This year's conference will be held online and will explore four key themes in a series of short webinars across four days:
Investing in a just transition to a low carbon economy
Extending workplace pensions coverage to those workers currently excluded
Ensuring more workers can benefit from collective pension schemes
Rethinking the balance between state and workplace pensions
Day 1: Monday 15th March, 13:00-14:40
Investing in a just transition
As investors, pension funds have a major role in the move to a low-carbon economy. So how can we make sure they use this position to ensure we have a just transition, with the workers and communities most affected at its heart?
- Guy Opperman, minister for pensions and financial inclusion
- Paul Nowak, deputy general secretary, TUC
- Diandra Soobiah, head of responsible investment, NEST
- Tom Harrington, assistant director (investments), Greater Manchester Pension Fund
- Katarzyna Szwarc, policy fellow, LSE Grantham Research Institute
- Richard Hardy, national secretary for Scotland and Ireland, Prospect/Just Transition Commissioner Scotland
Day 2: Tuesday 16th March, 13:00-14:00
Fixing the holes in auto-enrolment
Auto enrolment has brought millions of people into workplace pensions. But millions more are still excluded, and too many of those who are auto-enrolled are not building up enough pension to maintain living standards in retirement. This session will explore who's falling through the gaps, what impact Covid-19 has had, and how we can make sure auto-enrolment delivers decent pensions for all.
- Josephine Cumbo, global pensions correspondent, Financial Times
- Chris Curry, director, Pensions Policy Institute
- Joe Anderton, pension officer, Prospect
- Cara Pacitti, economist, Resolution Foundation
Day 3 Wednesday 17th March 13:00-14:00
Making a success of collective DC
Thanks to the hard work of the Communication Workers Union, the Royal Mail is preparing to introduce the UK's first collective defined contribution pension scheme. By pooling investments and sharing risk, these arrangements can deliver more generous and stable retirement incomes than individual DC. So how can more employers be encouraged to offer CDC, and what can we learn from Canada, where unions have been involved in running this kind of scheme for decades?
- Terry Pullinger, deputy general secretary (postal) CWU
- Chris Roberts, director of social and economic policy, Canadian Labour Congress
- Shriti Jadav, director, Willis Towers Watson
Day 4: Rethinking the role of the state pension
The UK provides a significantly lower state pension than most comparable countries, and relies more heavily on occupational pensions to provide retirement incomes for its citizens. Our system is deeply ingrained and has its merits, but is it time to rethink this balance? Would a bigger role for the state pension reduce pensioner poverty and inequality?
- Dr Bernhard Ebbinghaus, professor of social policy, University of Oxford
- Nathalie Diesbecq, ACV-CSC (Christian Federation of Trade Unions, Belgium)
- Jonathan Reynolds, shadow secretary of state for work and pensions