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Working at 68 is not an option for builders


Sir, So this Government expects building and construction workers, who have the highest mortality and injury rate of any industry, to work on to 67 or 68. It should be 57 and on a full pension ? that is the maximum for heavy industry.

I recently visited a friend with whom I served my time in the 1950s.

We retired together three years ago from the same site.

I am 68. He is 67 but is not expected to see 68 due to mesothelioma, the dreaded asbestos disease.

He lives on the wrong side of the border, so is denied the drug Alimta ? available in Scotland ? which could prolong his life for a few years.

We are expected to save for retirement. But who else works in a job where you can be sacked with 10 minutes' notice on a Monday?

Next stop the dole! And mortgages and bills all have to be paid.

I suffer from a number of industrial ailments and could have done with retirement at 60. But, because of bogus selfemployment ? which I never wanted but had to take ? I now suffer a reduced pension.

There are many in the same position as my mate and I.

Just who does this Government think it is kidding?

George Rumney South Shields Tyne and Wear