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Steel workers battle Govt over pensions

Around 1,000 ex-workers who lost their pensions when steel firm ASW went into receivership are taking legal action against the Government.
The men, who previously worked at ASW plants in Cardiff and Sheerness are taking action through their trade unions Community and Amicus against the Government for failing to bring in a European Law which would have protected their pensions prior to the company being declared bankrupt in 2002.

The latest figures suggest that deferred members of the ASW pension scheme can expect approximately 17 per cent of the pension they were entitled to.

Some of the men are still employed at the former ASW site in Cardiff which was taken over by Spanish-based Celsa Steel UK.

Community general secretary Michael Leahy said: 'The legal action we are taking is because of the failure of successive UK governments from 1982 to protect workers' pensions.'

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