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Pensions demo

Issue No. 1901

TRADE UNIONS have begun to book coaches for the rally called by the TUC and the National Pensioners Convention in London on 19 June. It will see thousands, perhaps tens of thousands, of trade unionists show their anger over pensions-an issue which is becoming more important by the day.

There are four key areas where workers and pensioners have been robbed by their bosses and the government:

  • The government plans to make millions of public sector employees work another five years before they can claim their pension. Those hit will include civil servants, teachers and NHS workers.

  • The closure of "final salary" pension schemes which means that workers who believed they had a pension linked to their earnings now find that it will instead depend on stockmarket gambling.

  • The poverty level of the basic state pension.

  • The government's failure to guarantee compensation for workers who have lost their pensions because the firms they work for have gone bust.

  • Coaches booked so far include: LIVERPOOL, pick up Hardman Street, outside People's Centre, 6.45am-phone Alan Manning on 0151 236 5432, cost £20/£10; MANCHESTER, pick up Chorlton Street, opposite bus station, 7.30am-phone Alan Manning on 0151 236 5432, cost £20/£10; BURY ST EDMUNDS, pick up Eastern Regional Centre NASUWT-phone Tim Beech on 01284 772 300. Regions of the TUC and branches of many unions (especially Amicus, NUT, NASUWT and PCS) are coordinating transport.

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    Sat 15 May 2004, 00:00 BST
    Issue No. 1901
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