Every miner and his surviving spouse to have a fair share of CISWOs assets

Every miner and his surviving spouse to have a fair share of CISWOs assets

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Miners’ Welfares Action Group started this petition to Financial Ombudsman

Many former miners have been let down by CISWO, who are systemically selling off assets and creating a pot of money that is no available to the miners who contributed to it through their wages. Along with the pension scandal, releasing these funds to the miners will not only improve their quality of life but also by spending their money help their local economies.

The funds were set up in the late 1900s and various acts of parliament saw the money taken from coal output and the miners' wages. The miners funded the local Welfares. In 1952, after the industry was nationalised the welfare side was passed to CISWO to manage for the benefit of the miners and their dependents, in 1995 following re-privatisation of the industry, CISWO became a charity. However, the funds are inaccessible to the mineworkers and Welfares and retreats are being sold off without a any consideration to the miner workers,or any benefit.

We see the Skegness Miners' Retreat as a prime example where CISWO refused to listen to the former miners.

Nicola Didlock of CISWO refuses to accept that miners contributed from their wages. CISWO have systemically changed the purpose of the Welfares to move them away from the mining community and into the hands of third parties who should not gain any benefit.

CISWO appears to be operating on building up significant funds but not giving them to the miners in need by applying harsh criteria than could easily be met by the government welfare system. The mining community contributed to these fund by their own blood,sweat and toil surely they deserve a say in where the money goes and who gets it!

 

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