STUC anger as Coalition breaks Pensions Pledge to Women

June 20th 2011

The Scottish Trade Union Congress (STUC) has added its voice to campaign groups calling for the Government to honour their pledge not to discriminate against women as they try to force through change in the state pension age.

Grahame Smith, STUC General Secretary said

“Once again we are witnessing the Government abandoning their own coalition agreement and their commitment hundreds and thousands of women workers not to increase the state pension age for women to 66 until 2020.

“This action by the Government will result in many women having to face the reality of working up to an additional two years before being able to access their state pension. The Government is punishing women for living longer and this is the latest action by the coalition to drive through change that discriminates against particular groups.

“Either the Government have failed to understand the consequence of their action or they do not care. Increasing the state pension age will have a greater impact in areas of high social deprivation.

“The sad fact is that by making people work longer many people will not just have a shorter retirement but in some cases no retirement at all.”

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