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Pit pension payments.

North East pitmen sacked during the bitter miners' strike could claim pension payments.

Government chiefs have agreed to make pension payments to a number of former workers who lost their jobs during their one-year dispute.

The news comes after a near 20-year fight for full pension payments for those men who were sacked for strike-related offences.

Officials from the National Union of Mineworkers said some of its members could receive up to pounds 20,000 to compensate them for years of service they lost after they were dismissed during the 1984/1985 strike.

The Department of Trade and Industry said it had agreed to 137 claims, while a further 21 have been disallowed because of the nature of the offences involved.

NUM chairman Ian Lavery, based in Northumberland, said: "It is a step in the right direction but we will continue campaigning for all the men, up to 1,200, to be compensated in full."
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Aug 25, 2003
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