The battle for women’s pensions is everyone’s battle against state abuse


A letter a day to number 10. No 1,440

Saturday 21 May 2016.

Dear Mr Cameron,

I understand that you do not consider us to be human beings in any meaningful sense, but expendable economic units to serve the interests of the markets and wealth. Workers ceased to be personnel somewhere in the mid 80’s and became known by the execrable term, Human Resources, reduced further to merely HR.

No longer are the affairs of humanity conducted with regard for the benefit of humanity, for example the idea that people work in order to live. Such an idea is long gone from discussion and debate, there is no human or life centric view of any substance to be found in mainstream views of politics, media or society. Working life has been steadily eroded, where once a single ‘bread winner’ could support an entire family, today, for the majority, that is not even the remotest possibility.

The utopian dream that advancing technology would serve the benefit of all has never materialised, rather it has served to polarise wealth further, corporate elites become ever more wealthy and workers are simply abandoned. We need no better example than Detroit to see how generations of faithful workers have been abandoned by the American motor industry. The once American dream became a brutal betrayal with much of Detroit looking like a post apocalyptic nightmare.

The postwar world saw women entering the workforce in ever increasing numbers, contributing into the state retirement pot with a retirement age of 60. In 1995 the then Conservative government included in its Pension Act a plan to raise women’s retirement age to 65. No attempt was made to personally inform those affected, many if not most women are only learning as they approach pension age that they still have years still to go with no time to make arrangements for such a devastating change in their circumstances. Many women are now facing, and experiencing, destitution.

Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI) are demanding ‘transitional arrangements’ for women born in the 1950s affected by the state pension age rise acceleration introduced by your government in 2011. Stephen Crabb has ruled out any help for women caught in this pension nightmare declaring that he has ‘no plans’ to make any concessions to WASPI and that it was ‘fiscally impossible’. For a government that can afford to lower corporation taxes and offer corporate welfare sweeteners of £93 billion in business grants and subsidies, it can damned well afford to address what is a monumental injustice to women. Your continuing war to depersonalise, dehumanise, and humiliate us into fiscal slavery and penury must be opposed. It is unforgivable to treat people in this way.

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