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Pensioners unite in fight for rights.

A CALL for all pensioners' groups in the city to unite and work together will be made at Coventry's Central Methodist Hall next week.

City MP Jim Cunningham has agreed to be speak at the event, which is being organised by the British Pensioners' Trade Union Action Association.

Retired car workers' union leader Derek Robinson and city councillor Karen McKay (Socialist, St Michaels) will also address the meeting at 11am next Wednesday.

Organisers say it will be as important to "tomorrow's pensioners" as those already managing on the pounds 67.50 weekly state allowance.

John Parks, chairman of the Coventry branch of the BPTUAA, was in Willenhall shopping precinct yesterday to collect more names for a 3,000-strong petition which calls on the government to restore the link between average earnings and pensions.

He said: "We know we are badly off but tomorrow's retired people will be even worse off than us.

"We want the government to not only restore the link between average earnings and pensions but also to explain more about the so-called 'stakeholder pensions' which will affect younger people."

Mr Parks says the basic rate of pounds 67.50p is all many retired city workers can claim if they also have a small works' pension.

He said: "It is time for all the splinter groups representing pensioners in the city too get together and speak with one voice."
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Author:Goulden, Barbara
Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Sep 14, 2000
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