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Paul Routledge Column: PENSION ROBBERY IS THE PITS.

Byline: Paul Routledge

I HAVE had many letters from ex-miners and their families since disclosing the scandal of the Treasury scam that takes millions of pounds from the pit pension scheme.

If anything, the situation is much worse than I thought.

Some former colliers get very low pensions, and some get nothing at all. There MUST be something wrong about a system that allows Gordon Brown to cream off more than pounds 500million from the Mineworkers' Pension Scheme in just one year.

The trustees of the scheme gather next week for their normal quarterly meeting.

I hope the NUM representatives will push for a review of the iniquitous Tory deal which enables the state to take half the annual profit of the pension fund.

This money belongs to the men who gave their lives to a dirty, dangerous industry or their survivors.

In the meantime, I am putting your letters together to submit to the Chancellor.
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Mar 16, 2001
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