Our aim is to get members talking about pensions and making plans for their retirement, even if that is many years ahead.
How can you help?
Hold a Pensions Awareness Day
Many reps have run pensions awareness days to promote the issue and give out information to members. You don't have to be pensions experts to run one of these days.
Excellent leaflets, booklets and posters are available from your local office or Stationery Department and help and support in setting up the day is available from Usdaw’s experts in the Pensions Section at Central Office.
Photo courtesy of Andrew Coley, Union Learning Rep.
Your Pensions Awareness Reps' Toolkit contains everything you need to hold a Pensions Awareness Day in your workplace.
Discuss holding the day with the relevant manager, agree a suitable date, time and venue – remember you are helping your employer to promote a valuable company benefit, so it’s in the company’s interest too.
Contact Usdaw’s Pension Section in the Legal Department at Central Office and you will be sent any additional promotional merchandise.
- Usdaw’s Pension team can also help you liaise with your company’s Pension Department to get specific information, which will help you interest staff at your workplace.
Remember you don’t have to be a pension expert to hold an awareness day!
Worried about answering member’s queries?
You don’t need to be a pensions expert to hold a Pensions Awareness Day. If you do receive any enquiries simply signpost them on to the pensions team. We can supply you with posters promoting the pension helpline telephone number.
Remember – we are here to support you.
How this helps you
The campaign gives member and reps the knowledge to help them make informed decisions about their future. It can also be a great way of ‘breaking the ice’ which can in turn help recruit new members.
Photo courtesy of Tracy White, Union Learning Rep.
“I would recommend any rep supporting an USDAW Pensions Awareness Day in their workplace. It is a fantastic way of raising pension awareness and a valuable recruitment tool – we recruited 20 new members for the Union!"
- Simon Willmott, Divisional Councillor
“The merchandise and information provided was simple and clear to put across, reps felt confident in giving the information and this was evident in the feedback from the colleagues.”
- Carol Entwisle, Rep
"People were taking things away to look at and it made them actually think about their pensions."
- Rachel Margetson, Rep
“Since the Pension Awareness Days more employees have requested pension statements, and the younger generation within the stores have talked about pensions through word of mouth.”
- Lillias Peden, Rep
“ Out of the three campaigns I've done so far on the Union Academy this has been the most popular."
- Jason Astell, Rep