Protest bid

WASPI group grow­ing

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Jonathan Ged­des

The Burn­side woman be­hind a pres­sure group bat t l i n g against pen­sion changes for women is hop­ing to add more re­cruits be­fore their next protest.

Anne Pot­ter runs the Glas­gow and La­nark­shire branch of Women Against State Pen­sion In­equal­ity (WASPI), who are try­ing to re­verse what they feel are un­fair and dis­crim­i­na­tory changes to pen­sions for women, par­tic­u­larly those born in the 1950s.

They next in­tend to hold a protest on the day of the spring bud­get, March 8.

Anne said: “I’m want­ing to en­cour­age more peo­ple along to the group, be­cause the more peo­ple that we get along, the bet­ter it is for the cam­paign as a whole.

“It’s an ac­tion group and we do have spe­cific pro­cesses that we have to fol­low to boost the cam­paign, so cur­rently we are look­ing for ev­i­dence for the le­gal case that we are cur­rently pur­su­ing.

“We will have a demo on March 8 and hope­fully we’ll have a few thou­sand folk along to it.

“We got about 2000 along last time and there’s about 120 groups now across the coun­try.

“Hope­fully we’ll have peo­ple from each one of th­ese groups in Lon­don as -it’s the day of the spring bud­get.

“We are def­i­nitely mak­ing progress.

“We’ve got a lot more coun­cil sup­port now, up and down the coun­try, with Glas­gow City Coun­cil one of the lat­est to sup­port us .

“It’s a work in progress but we knew that when this was first started

“I re­cently met with Kezia Dug­dale and Jackie Bailie of Labour and that was very en­cour­ag­ing.

“We are set­ting up a cross party group for Holy­rood, so the rea­son we saw Kezia and Jackie was to hope­fully get Labour in­volved in that, and we’re hop­ing the Lib Dems and Greens will join up too.

“We’ve al­ready had some ex­cel­lent sup­port from Mar­garet Fer­rier and Clare Haughey of the SNP.”

WASPI was formed as a re­ac­tion to UK leg­is­la­tion ac­cel­er­at­ing the timetable for pen­sion change by two years.

It means the state pen­sion age will reach 65 for women by Novem­ber 2018 and 66 by 2020.

WASPI’s com­plaint has cen­tred on the fact that the in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing th­ese changes was poorly con­veyed, mean­ing many women were un­aware the changes were hap­pen­ing.

The next meet­ing for the Glas­gow La­nark­shire Branch is Satur­day Jan­uary 21, at Strath­clyde Univer­sity Union, at 1pm.

Any­one want­ing more in­for­ma­tion can email Anne at waspi­glas73@ or visit http:// w w w . w a s p i . c o. u k / glas­gow-la­nark­shire

Sup­port Kezia Dug­dale

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