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Pension compensation must apply to all


Sir, I read that this government has set aside £400 million to compensate workers who have lost out through company pension schemes milked by employers.

I trust some of the money will go to retired building and construction workers, who have lost out drastically through bogus self-employment, which they were not given a choice in.

The main culprits were the big-name companies, which farmed us out to subbies and agencies whose main objective was maximum profit.

Successive governments have allowed bogus self-employment or lump labour to go on for over three decades and must shoulder most of the blame. I reckon my pension would have been at least £40 a week more had I been allowed to work direct.

No doubt the government will quote the two-year rule of employment. Obviously when you have had well over 100 spells of employment you will lose out. A good argument for this is that we are classed as atypical workers by the European Court.

Mr G Rumney South Shields Tyne & Wear