Swansea Labour council candidates were out in force at the recent WASPI (Women Against State Pension Inequality) coffee morning held by Swansea East MP Carolyn Harris in Jersey Park Pavillion on Sunday February 18.
The aim of the meeting was to finalise numbers for the group’s journey to the state pension inequality protest outside Westminster on March 8.
Among the Labour candidates attending were Andrew Crowley from Cwmbwrla Ward, Michelle Morgan standing in Penllergaer and Andrew Stevens Representing Penyrheol.
The 1995 Conservative Government’s Pension Act included plans to increase women’s SPA (State Pension Age) to 65, the same as men’s. WASPI agrees with equalisation, but does not agree with the way the changes were implemented – with little/no personal notice, faster than promised, and no time to make alternative plans.
“Living off a State Pension is hard enough but the changes that are being fought by WASPI are disgraceful and will force people into poverty. We want to see fair transitional state pension arrangements for all women born in the 1950s affected by the changes to state pension law,” said Michelle Morgan.
“We think it’s so important that we stand up and fight for the rights of women born in the 1950’s,” said Andrew Crowley. “In Cwmbwrla Ward alone there are 307 women affected by this.”
Andrew Stevens added: “I am delighted to have the opportunity to show my support for the WASPI campaign, as it is something that personally affected someone very close to me. I jumped at the chance to put the motion forward to show support at our Gorseinon Town Council Meeting and we will hopefully be taking the motion forward as Gorseinon Town Council’s motion for the One Voice Wales AGM next month.
“There is a bus being organised to get take us to the march on 8th March to protest outside Parliament. All are welcome; please email email@example.com or call Swansea East Office on 01792 462054 for further details.”