Trade union CMHF, the umbrella organization of trade unions for higher personnel in education, among other things, calls on its members to object to the transfer of their pension to the new system. The union is emphatically not concerned with the system itself, but with the right of objection.
‘We are not opposed to the new system, but we are very concerned about how this will be introduced.’ The union wonders whether the rights of participants in the transition from the old system to the new system are sufficiently guaranteed, says CMHF chairman Marc de Natris.
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For that reason, the union has today published a letter of objection on the site, which can be completed by members. ‘Now there is still an individual right of objection. But that right expires when the new system is introduced in three weeks.’ After that, this can only be done through a disputes committee. ‘That is very different from individual right of objection.’
According to the union, members run the risk of losing their pension. If the funds for existing pensions are converted to the new system, senior staff could get off badly.
CMHF refers to the state of affairs regarding the notional return on capital at the Tax and Customs Administration. In the end, only the objectors received financial compensation. People in the same financial situation who had not objected received nothing. De Natris wants to prevent that situation for its members.
According to pension specialists and lawyer Theo Gommer, the union is wrong, the FD writes. ‘Perhaps the members should therefore already hold CMHF liable for this ‘fake news’, without the nuance that probably after many years of litigation it turns out that it is not an infringement.
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De Natris: ‘The average system means that everyone pays the same contribution and that everyone accrues the same pension. As a result, there are people who receive a lower pension accrual. That must be adequately compensated.’