AN MP today vowed to fight for Britain's forgotten workers.
Huddersfield MP Barry Sheerman is demanding compensation for thousands of people who will miss out on pensions.
And he cited the case of a Huddersfield man, who lost thousands of pounds invested in a company pension scheme when the firm went bust - despite devoting years of service to the firm.
New Government legislation due out later this year will provide protection for workers' pensions if firms run into trouble.
But there will be no retrospective payments for workers who have already suffered.
Mr Sheerman estimates that there are 60,000 so-called "forgotten workers".
The local case centred on a 63-year-old man who worked for a textile company in Huddersfield.
He was due to retire at 60 but stayed on to help the firm through a troubled period, only to find himself the victim of a pensions nightmare when the company collapsed.
Mr Sheerman said: "I was horrified when this story was relayed to me and even more so when I found there was no protection for these people.
"There are several tragic cases like this in Huddersfield and in some cases we are talking about people who have devoted 30 or 40 years to a company.
"The new pensions legislation will protect workers but it still leaves a pensions black hole.
"I want to see the Government take action to help these forgotten workers who have been left high and dry.
"Hopefully the new Pensions Act will guarantee at least 90% of a worker's pension if the firm goes bust, but we need to help those who have already missed out.
"Compensation to 60,000 people would be a tiny drop in the ocean compared to the figures we are talking about."
Now Mr Sheerman plans further talks on the issue with pensions minister Malcolm Wickes.