Sunday, June 26, 2005


Meeting yesterday to discuss recent meeting with Minister (Stephen Timms - I was not involved as there was only one member from each party and Chris Huhne represented the Lib Dems). When we met Malcolm Wicks earlier this year he was sympathetic to the APW workers but led us all to believe that the Government could not provide compensation for the lost pension schems because it "would set a precedent" and they did not know how many other companies might be affected.
It now transpires that there are only four or five companies involved so the potential bill for compensation is very limited. MPs from all parties are now co-ordinating efforts to shame the Government into providing APW workers with the compensation they would have received had this all happened a little earlier.