Friday 30th Sep 2016 - Logistics Manager

DHL will not change Voyager pension scheme, says spokesperson

DHL Supply Chain has confirmed that is has no plans to make changes to its Voyager Defined Contribution scheme, after UK union Unite claimed around 20,000 DHL employees could see their retirement incomes slashed.

The Voyager scheme sees the employee contribute three to four per cent of their wage towards a pension, which the employer then matches.

Unite issued concerns after management at DHL would not guarantee the future of the scheme, during talks regarding pension at the company.

The union said scrapping the scheme would lead to workers having to be covered by less financially beneficial auto enrolment schemes.

A spokesperson for DHL said: “DHL Supply Chain is consulting with around 3,500 members of its Defined Benefit pension scheme, but has no plans to make any changes to its Voyager Defined Contribution scheme, which has more than 13,000 members who are unaffected by this consultation.

“The remainder of employees have been automatically entered into auto enrolment. However, all were offered the opportunity to participate in the Voyager scheme on joining the company and the scheme remains open to new hires.

“To date we have made auto enrolment arrangements for 17,000 staff, who declined the opportunity to participate in the Voyager scheme. The consultation process will continue with individual affected employees and the trade unions in the coming weeks, when we hope to clarify any concerns raised.”