It’s easy to understand why there is some sympathy for the Waspi women, but not exactly an overwhelming sense of injustice across society.
After all, it’s only fair that men and women should be treated equally and if that means both sexes now have to retire at 66, then surely that is equality in action?
You can’t demand equality and then cry foul when that equality works against you. Isn’t that just sour grapes? Well, no it’s not.
Of course, it’s only fair that men and women are treated the same, but in this case, the new ruling not only leaves some women out of pocket by a considerable amount, but also fails to consider the inequalities these women lived and worked under for decades previously.
Women born after April 6, 1950 risk losing up to £45,000 from their pension pot. That is a straight fact.
However, when these women started working, they did so, in many cases, before the Sex Discrimination and Equal Pay Act come into force. This being just one disadvantage of many faced during their years of working life.
They worked for years for less money than men for doing the same job, and, undoubtedly, for less recognition than their male counterparts.
To add insult to injury, when they come to retire, they are hit again financially, and all in the name of equality!
What is important to remember in this issue, is that the Waspi women (Women Against State Pension Inequality) are not calling for the pension age to returned to 60 for women, far from it. They support the move, just not the way it is being imposed.
They are just asking for help so they can enjoy a retirement and pension they have not only worked for, but deserve. The bridging pension, supported by MP Grahame Morris, seems like a step in the right direction.
Our sympathy should be with these women who, with good reason, feel they are not being treated fairly.