LETTER: Seeking pension rights before everyone loses out

This Express & Star reader urges pension campaigners to keep going.

WASPI women at a protest in Birmingham last year
WASPI women at a protest in Birmingham last year

What happens after the WASPI (Women Against State Pension Inequality)/ We Paid in, You Pay Out groups end?

The state pension is in its final phase of ending, for all pensioner ages, old and new.

We know the state pension is even more likely to be half or sole money in old age, for millions of women.

Grey Swans is the newest pension activist group of mostly 1950s ladies, but which campaigns for men and women from age 50 upwards.

Grey Swans began January 2018, around when BackTo60 group gave us the Judicial Review.

Once the Judicial Review wins, then the 1950s pension campaign groups will lose membership overnight.

All that expertise will be lost, as we are the first generation with the total knowledge of the tidal wave of state pension change over the decades.

Seeking WASPI and We Paid In, You Pay Out members, to also become Grey Swans members, if you are already Labour voters. Grey Swans don’t attend local party meetings nor ask for Labour party membership.

Grey Swans is not campaigning into this Tory government, but only seeking pension policy commitments now, in writing, into Labour’s election manifesto, for when Labour are next in government.

Grey Swans demands pension policies from Labour that include:

  • 1950s born and earlier, however old, to fight for the weekly state pension money.

  • 1960s born, turning 60 from 2020, with pension age 67.

  • 1970s born, starting to turn 50 now, re your works pension age.

Christine Williams


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