Pro­tect the right to se­cure re­tire­ment

The Hamilton Spectator - - OPINION - RE: Re­tire­ment threats

It used to as­ton­ish me when politi­cians would claim their main fo­cus is the wel­fare of their con­stituents, then en­act leg­is­la­tion that hurts them.

In Hamil­ton we have wit­nessed the lack of care and con­cern politi­cians have for the wel­fare of those they rep­re­sent. Steel­work­ers have lost some of their re­tire­ment ben­e­fits and may well lose more/all of them in the fu­ture. Sears re­tirees are in the same predica­ment, los­ing some or all of their ben­e­fits and some may ac­tu­ally lose their pen­sions or, at a min­i­mum, have them re­duced. In both sit­u­a­tions man­age­ment was able to con­tinue with their full pay and ben­e­fits and re­ceive bonuses.

Many peo­ple blame the courts for this amoral le­gal stran­gle­hold on cur­rent and re­tired em­ploy­ees’ qual­ity of life. The courts only en­force the law of the land. Politi­cians en­act the laws that have vi­ciously at­tacked the work­ing men and women of Canada.

If we lived in a sys­tem based on jus­tice, the peo­ple who worked for 30 years to pro­vide the cor­po­ra­tion with prof­its would be guar­an­teed the pen­sions and ben­e­fits they earned. It is ironic that the man­age­ment team that over­saw the demise of the cor­po­ra­tion con­tinue to re­ceive their full ben­e­fits while front-line work­ers are tossed aside to fend for them­selves.

Fed­eral and pro­vin­cial politi­cians must re­vise the laws to en­sure those who earned a se­cure re­tire­ment are guar­an­teed that se­cu­rity. Bill Sul­li­van, Hamil­ton

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