USDAW helps DHL staff plan for retirement

More than 180 workers at the DHL/ Sainsbury’s Stoke distribution centre found out more about how they were prepared for retirement during a very successful week-long pension awareness campaign delivered by Usdaw’s union learning rep team on site last autumn.

Usdaw support retiring workers
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Management offered its full support, agreeing to paid release for all the ULRs, including the senior shop steward, so they could deliver the campaign across all shifts over one week in September.

The ULR team secured a wide range of resources from Usdaw’s pension department, the DHL pension voyager scheme and the Money Advice Service to help them offer impartial advice and guidance and, most importantly, signpost colleagues to further support.

The team also organised for training provider Axia Solutions to run maths taster sessions, functional skills maths assessments and a pensions quiz.

Senior Shop Steward Mick Deakes said:

Running the campaign was a real eye-opener for people, learning things about additional voluntary contributions (AVCs) and the terms of their pension – I learned just how many people did not know how much or what was on offer.”

We received some great feedback from colleagues and the management and a great number of thanks for our help. It was well worth running the event: the numbers themselves speak volumes and I was really surprised at just how many people we reached.”

This story first appeared in the Spring 2020 Learning Rep e-Magazine – download your copy free today.