Tue, 13 November, 2018


Christmas message from Tom Brown, chairman, AMP

Posted: December 19th, 2012

FROM the AMP to all our fellow pensioners – season’s greetings!

We hope you will all have a Happy Christmas and that you and your families will continue to be safe, secure and healthy in the New Year.

2013 may well be a testing time but there are also reasons for hope and optimism.  Pensions are under debate as never before, but there is also a growing recognition that existing pensions have to be protected, particularly for those on already-squeezed incomes.

As everyone knows, we have reason to be extra-vigilant where our pensions are concerned. That is why a vigorous and alert Association of Mirror Pensioners will continue to monitor, question and represent the interests of our members.

We are fortunate to receive recognition and co-operation from Trinity Mirror and the Trustee Board. Important issues we raised have been acknowledged to be reasonable and merit further attention and we will continue to work to resolve outstanding concerns.

It is worth mentioning that, on your behalf, I have written to thank the Pensions Office for once again making sure that the January pensions are being paid in good time for Christmas, something that is much appreciated, and to express our gratitude for what they do for us throughout the year.

A healthy company is always good news for pensioners and the steady surge in Trinity Mirror’s share price (now nearly four times what it was earlier in the year) shows some confidence in the new management and their development programme. We will watch their progress in 2013 with close interest.

At this time of year, especially, we remember the friends and colleagues we lost during the past year, and 2012 seemed to take a particularly heavy toll, not least among those who gave so unselfishly in founding the AMP and campaigning to have our pensions restored. We rely heavily on the talent and experience of those who remain and, with the addition of new strength from those newly-retired and those still to retire, we will continue to watch over and defend the interests of Mirror pensioners.

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