Many of you will know how seriously I take the unfair treatment of Hull’s trawlermen.
From my very first speech in the House of Commons as an MP, I have been working hard to ensure that the trawlermen get a fair deal.
I fought hard to win the men compensation for having their livelihoods taken away. Although the trawler owners received generous payments and grants, the trawlermen received nothing. There were no assistance programmes, no retraining and no redundancy. Working with the British Fishermen’s Association who had been fighting for over 20 years, I was finally successful in ensuring that nearly £50m compensation was paid out to distant water fishermen from all ports with the majority going to men from Hull.
Now it seems that after being treated so badly when they were thrown out of their jobs, they are being let down in their retirement as well. I am working to get the money that the men put into their pensions paid out to them. This may seem straight forward as it’s the only fair thing to happen but instead I have uncovered an unbelievable story of missing records, incomplete records and general bad management.
The Humber Fishermen’s Pension Scheme was created in 1961 and thousands of men paid into it. When I started investigating a few cases, I discovered that a total of 1,111 men had not been paid the money owed to them!
I have sought legal advice and am in the process of a series of meetings with lawyers and the Trustees and the Insurers of the Pensions Scheme to try and get a fair outcome for the local men who sailed from Hull.
I will keep you updated on the outcome of my efforts to get this outrageous situation put right.