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From The Socialist newspaper, 13 November 2004
Defend Pension Rights
THE FUTURE of our pensions is one of the most worrying questions for
workers in Britain. People are living longer and both government and
private employers want to shift the cost on to working-class people's
People worry - when they grow old will they face a future of poverty?
We haven't seen such an onslaught on pension rights since before the
second world war.
Pensions are in reality deferred wages. In the last decade over two
million workers lost their rights to a decent occupational pension.
Private-sector bosses robbed their workers of nearly £19 billion from
their pensions between 1987 and 2001 by taking a contributions 'holiday'
while stock prices were high.
After stocks and shares dipped, bosses saved another £4,000 per
worker per year by abolishing final salary schemes and increased their
profits by another £4 billion through cutting their own contributions.
Strikes have already taken place in some private sector workplaces
when workers found that the pensions they expected were under threat.
Now's the time for a united TUC-led campaign against the threat to
pension rights in both private and public sectors.
The Socialist Party says
- No to 'work till you drop'!
- Restore the link between pensions and wages!
- Give back all that has been taken away to those who paid in to
final salary schemes.
- Restore to the private sector pension funds all the money that
the bosses robbed from them.
- Unite the fight for a decent pension.
- For a one-day public sector strike in defence of pension rights
and against low pay and attacks on jobs.
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In The Socialist 13 November 2004:
Withdraw The Troops
Big events will shake Bush win
How Could Bush Win?
A balance sheet on Nader's campaign
Socialist Party campaigns
Civil Servants Strike
Civil servants show Blair they mean business
Great display of solidarity
Defend Pension Rights
We won't work till we drop
Fight for your future
Why the North East said 'no'
Organising against low pay
Support Jag workers' fight for jobs
International socialist news and analysis
Massive vote for social change in Uruguay
Slovakia solidarity appeal:
Film director's Murder sparks racist backlash
The Socialist 13 November 2004 |
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