WASPI group growing
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@ gmail.com or visit http:// w w w . w a s p i . c o. u k / glasgow-lanarkshire
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