Since the miners' pension fund was first formed, the government of the
day saw the fund as a goose that laid the golden egg. The Tories took
billions of pounds from the fund, creamed off from the profits made from
investments. When the fund was first set up nobody had any idea of the
vast sums that would be involved. The Labour party, at that time in opposition,
vehemently voiced their disproval of the Tories taking such huge amounts
of cash from the fund, but once in power they too continued to rake off
the profits to the tune of a million pounds a day.
Cannock Chase Retired Miners, & Officials Association have been urging
MPs, including most recently Lord Truscott, to look again at the scandalous
mis-use of the miner's pension fund. The following is an extract from
a letter which was recently sent to Dave Douglass from Mick Westwood.
Dave Douglass responded to this by asking me to create a page where I can post items for the Cannock lads should they request me to do so. He also sent me the following email outlining his support of their cause:
Lord Truscott Approves Pension Robbery
We shouldn't be surprised when the great and powerful do the dirty
on the poor and working class, but it still hits hard when you see blatant
injustice done. Lord Truscott has been looking at the case presented by
the Miners Pension trustees, the Coal Community Campaign, Mick Westwood
and the Cannock Chase Miners and many others, for a renegotiation of the
return the government take from the miners pensions.
It is illustrative that even Norman Braithwait speaking for the Miners Pension Fund expresses his clear frustration at the injustice of the statement.
Now is not the time to give up though. We should approach ALL the political parties, including the nationalist parties in Wales and Scotland and see if we can get support and a promise to redress this injustice. We should seek pledges from each and every MP standing in elections all over the country, if they are prepared to redress the balance and restore the bulk of the surplus to the miners or not. We should then campaign against any MP who refuses to support the cause, certainly no miner, or mineworker pensioner or miner's widow should vote for them.
We at Miners Advice offer our full support to their cause.
A link some readers of this site may find interesting was sent to us recenly by Mick Westwood, who says; "This site has a box for comments, and is easy to access. Please visit and leave a message about our Miners Pensions fight. The more people who do, the stronger our argument becomes." http://www.gordonbrownforbritain.com