Amicus the Union

Amicus the Union

March 27, 2007 12:38 ET

West Midlands 'lost pensioners' to demonstrate in Bromsgrove

BROMSGROVE, UNITED KINGDOM--(CCNMatthews - March 27, 2007) - Amicus members who are ex employees of Garrington's, United Engineering Forgings (UEF), one of the largest employers in the West Midlands, are to demonstrate this coming weekend (Saturday 31st March), to mark the anniversary of their lost pensions.

Over 3,5000 former UEF workers lost their pensions when the Bromsgrove plant closed down five years ago. Legislation largely brought about by years of campaigning by the workers trade union, Amicus, has secured a reimbursement of 80% of their lost pensions. A further GBP6 billion was announced for the pension compensation scheme in last week's budget, but the union believe it is not enough and are pressing for pensioners to have a 90% of their lost pensions covered.

Graham Goddard, Amicus' Deputy General Secretary and ex UEF employee, said:

"Four years ago workers whose companies became insolvent got little or nothing from their pension scheme. Through Amicus' campaign and the hard work of those who have lost all or substantial parts of their savings we are close to the goal the campaign strives to achieve. The end is now in view and we all know fights get tougher nearer the end but Amicus will not give up until we believe we have achieved pension justice.

"There is a Pension Bill going through the House of Commons at the moment and we believe this is a golden opportunity for the Government to act and resolve he situation once and for all for the thousands of workers who have lost their savings through no fault of their own."

Media/photo opportunity

Date: Saturday 31st March
Time: Starting at 12.30 pm and rallying at 1300.
Venue: Gathering at the Council House, Birmingham Road, Bromsgrove. Walking approx two miles towards and rallying at the Garrington Memorial, Sherwood Road, Bromsgrove. Arriving at the memorial for 13.00.

Demonstrators will have banners, flags and placards, it is hope for between 100 to 300 people to turn out
Photo and opportunities throughout.

Garringtons operated in Bromsgrove for over 50 years and was regarded the premier forging factory in Europe. Garringtons was part of the United Engineering Forgings group which operated throughout the UK, employing thousands of workers.

Amicus is urging all activists who support this campaign to turn up and join the demonstration.

Graham Goddard is Deputy General Secretary of Amicus but worked at UEF for 29 years. Graham was a UEF union convenor.
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