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Fight is taken to Downing Street by ASW workers.

REDUNDANT steelworkers took their fight for a fair pension to Downing Street - and vowed not to give up until their voices were heard.

About 80 former ASW employees from the now-closed Cardiff plant joined hundreds of workers from all over the UK to lobby the Government in a protest organised by trade union Amicus yesterday.

Six South Wales-based delegates went into Number 10, where they handed in a petition demanding compensation after seeing their pension funds plummet in the last yea r. And marchers listened to a speech from former social security minister Frank Field, who is putting forward a new bill on pensions wind-ups.

Amicus member Paul Herrits, who worked at ASW for 34 years, said: ``The day went really well, with a good turnout. Frank Field made a speech and there was support from all the parties. At the moment I think ASW workers are getting between 18 and 20 per cent of their pensions, so we can't let it go.

``We will keep going until the Government takes notice.'' Former ASW team leader Chris Keating, who worked at the Cardiff factory for 15 years, said: ``It was tremendous.

``I think the message going back to Mr Blair is that if we can fight for injustice in other lands and show compassion to
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jun 9, 2003
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