University hits back at unions

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SHEFFIELD University has hit back at union claims that controversial changes to its pension scheme for lower paid workers is ruining its reputation.

Unison says the moves penalise staff such as cleaners and porters while senior managers continue to benefit from generous final salary pensions.

But a university spokeswoman said the changes took into account the realities of rising pension costs and risks being faced in all sectors.

“It meant that the university’s pension scheme was no longer sustainable and affordable. In addition, only a small minority of eligible new employees were choosing to opt into the scheme.

“As a result of further discussions with the unions, a package of additional benefits for members has also been developed for the scheme.”