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WE WON'T GIVE UP!; Fight is taken to Downing Street by redundant ASW steelworkers.

Byline: Rebecca Lees

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 year.

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 asylum seekers, rightly so, there must also be compassion for people who work all their lives so not to be a burden on society when they retire.

``We will continue to lobby our MPs and hopefully the message will snowball until the Government takes notice of our dilemma.''

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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jun 9, 2003
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