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This underhand, disgraceful decision of covering over with disinformation in addition to the outright mendacious double dealing, over the pit closure program, taken with, the with holding of pension scheme investment contributions disguised as a pension payment holiday was a well thought out premeditated act to deceive and retaliate for the 1984/85 strike with the aim to punish the miners financially along with their families as well as their communities all the way along to the grave.
It is believed the secret list of 75 mines earmarked for closure, a fact now disclosed as a truth placed firmly in the public domain, proved by the hand writing of Mrs. Thatcher in the margins of Government documents was only stage 1, of a 2 or 3 stage plan to wipe out the mining of coal in the UK as is now the case as a fact just as Mr A Scargill with the NUM predicted.
The pension payment holiday was taken with the Government having full knowledge that the coal industry would lose 75 mines in stage 1 of the pit closure program. With the mineworkers together with most importantly the British public uninformed of the true harsh preparations regarding the number of collieries to be closed.
The loss of the contributions into the pension scheme from the mineworkers’ weekly earnings from those 75 mines whose miners who would be cast out of work most never to find another job, added to the resulting large scale loss of revenue to be injected into the MPS investment funds, which can only be seen as a planned malevolent punitive action against the miners’ as well as their families finances. The pension contributions holiday should never have been approved to take place while keeping undisclosed the future planned decline in contributions into the Miners Pension Scheme by the closing of 75 mines.
We are left in no doubt the miners were to be punished financially through their pension scheme, into their retirement all the way to their deaths for daring to stand up, to fight for their jobs, their children’s jobs their communities social cohesion, as well as for the downfall of the Heath Government at the ballot box. The facts clearly show the secrecy as well as the misrepresentation as it was told to our nation including other elected MP`s in the House of parliament. These truths show beyond a doubt that the UK Government acted punitively and with a deep seated hatred against a sector of its own people.
Putting this into context, over the same period the Government spent over £124bn bailing out greedy and incompetent bankers with loan and share purchases. We are talking about duping and robbing generations of working men. Men who risked their lives in the most dark and hellish places in the bowels of the earth to provide the coal which was needed to keep our homes, hospitals and schools warm and the wheels of our industry turning both in peace and war time.
Our miners literally paid for their pension fund with their blood and their sweat and many gave their lives for it. Almost every miner who ever worked down a colliery will suffer from adverse health conditions with many suffering lung damage due to exposure to coal dust. Many older ex-miners suffer painful and lingering deaths.This money was supposed to them and their families. One miner told me recently they are dying at the rate of 8,000 a year.
This scheme was never going to be a risk for the Government because sadly our miners tend to have a short life expectancy. The Treasury FOI letter really highlights the extent to which our miners and their families have been ripped off by successive Governments. Even Dick Turpin had the decency to wear a mask.
originally posted by: neutronflux
Here in the USA, social security turned into a tax. The savings plan to let you retire with dignity goes into the general fund with the general fund giving the Social Security custodians IOUs. Mom was suing for disability after paying into the system for 40 years when she died from cancer. Dad got 30k. It's a system to line lawyers pockets. Where does the money come from to take care of refugees?