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Construction workers warn against raised retirement age

CONSTRUCTION workers warned against reckless government plans to raise the retirement age as high as 70 saying it would see them dropping dead on building sites.

Ucatt delegates to the union’s conference said the decision to raise the retirement age, which would affect anyone under 50, would hits construction workers particularly hard.

“The idea of working into your 60s with the sheer physical nature of construction work is ludicrous,” said north west region’s Fred Riley.

“We will be dead and buried for working too long. We need to look at ways to reduce the retirement age not increase it.”

Eastern region’s Allan Jolley added: “Fifty years of being a builder and my body’s knackered.”

North west region’s Billy Andrusjak condemned the move as a disgusting government ploy to “worm its way into our pension funds.”

He said: “I will be dead years before I’m able to receive my pension. How can they expect a 70-year-old joiner to continue working?”

Scotland region’s Frank McKenna called it “a murderous piece of legislation.”

Delegates called on Ucatt to act to attempt to lower the retirement age and push to allow those whose health has been affected by their work to access their pensions early.

Alan Stansfield, executive council member, added: “The plans are all part of the government’s long-term attack on the welfare state.

“They can afford Trident but they can’t afford to give ordinary people who have worked hard all their lives a decent state pension.”

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