In these circumstances, it is not surprising that the trustees feel helpless and frustrated.
Moreover, the company effectively controls the sources of information to its pensioners. It has used its in-house journal and other company publications to consistently present the company view on the pension surplus, totalling thousands of words, at the same time declining to publish at least one critical letter from a trustee. So it is not surprising that, for the majority of Nuclear Electric pensioners, your article will have been the first time they have had any inkling of the discontent of their trustees. As you say, it does bring into question the extent of the Government's commitment to defending pensioners' rights in the public sector.
It also brings into question the integrity of Nuclear Electric itself.
Nuclear Electric pensioner