Cross-Party Action on ASW Pensions Compensation Needed

April 17, 2007 4:32 PM

Speaking ahead of tomorrow's Third Reading of the Pensions Bill, Jenny Willott MP said:

"The Pensions Bill, at last gives the House of Commons the chance to force the Government to provide ASW workers, and over 100,000 others, with the fair and just pensions compensation settlement which it has resisted for so long.

"If the only way the Government will accept its faults of the past and see justice done for all those still suffering today is by dragging it, kicking and screaming towards a proper package of compensation, then so be it.

"The Government has rejected the ruling of the Ombudsman, the Public Administration Committee and the European Court of Justice, is challenging the High Court's ruling and has ignored the protests and suffering of ASW workers.

"I hope that MPs of all parties will back the amendments which will guarantee that those who lost their occupational pensions receive fair compensation at the same level as the Pension Protection Fund.

"This week, MPs have their best opportunity to date to end this long-running sordid saga. ASW workers and the many others who lost their pensions will not forgive MPs who do not back a fair compensation package."

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