ASW Fight for Justice Must Go On

January 25, 2007 1:57 PM

Responding to the news that the ASW pensioners who took theiur case to the EU Court of Justice have lost their legal action against the UK Government over the loss of their occupational pensions, Jenny Willott MP said:

"This is deeply disappointing for all those involved in this case. I am particularly sorry for the hard-working former Allied Steel and Wire workers in Cardiff who have fought so hard to see their hard earned pensions restored.

"But this must not be seen as the end of the line by any means. To be honest, the European case was always likely to be something of a long shot. It is here in the UK that pressure must now be applied on the Government, even more vigorously than before.

"MPs from all parties, several Committees and the Parliamentary Ombudsman herself, have now voiced their strong criticisms of the long list of misleading and deceitful actions this Government has taken in this sorry saga.

"The motion in Parliament which I co-tabled on this issue now has 241 MPs' signatures. Given this volume of concern, the Government has started to make some concessions, but it is still woefully inadequate.

"I look forward to seeing what comes of the High Court ruling and I will continue to do everything I can in Parliament to put pressure on the Government to make further concessions so that ASW workers, and the 100,000 others who have lost their pensions, get what they deserve."

The EDM that Jenny co-tabled is EDM 241, it currently has 241 signatures:


That this House expresses its concerns about the continued distress of all those affected by the loss of their occupational pensions on wind-up; notes the reports from both the Parliamentary Ombudsman and the Public Administration Select Committee which identify the need for the Government to put together an effective resource package; is concerned that the measures introduced so far have been slower, and provided less help, than the measures introduced for members of Robert Maxwell's MGN pension scheme in the 1990s; believes that an effective compensation package could combine both taxpayer and non-taxpayer sources of funding; and recognises that such action is essential if future trust in pensions is to be established.

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