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Altmann aims for Labour conference

Campaigner Ros Altmann will take the Pension Action Group’s cause to the Labour annual conference in the hope of getting the support and publicity that Gate Gourmet workers received at last year’s conference.

Altmann says the group will be in Manchester for the conference to highlight the Government’s behaviour in rejecting the Parliamentary Ombudsman’s report and she hopes to get trade union backing to be invited on to the floor.

The move gave the workers’ cause much needed publicity and Altmann hopes a similar showing for the PAG will put further pressure on the Government.

The Labour conference is being held this autumn at the GMEX centre in Manchester from September 24 to 28.

Altmann has also enlisted the support of Saga, the publishing and service company for people over 50, which is hoping to arrange a fringe meeting at the conference on pensions.

She says the group is still waiting for a response from the Department for Work and Pensions before proceeding with its judicial review into Government maladministration of occupational pensions.

Altmann says: “The support and publicity we are getting has been overwhelming but it is a disgrace that we have had to go to these measures after two damning reports have found against this Government. Hopefully, additional support and pressure at the Labour conference from back-benchers and party supporters will finally make the Government see sense.”

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