Black Women and WASPI

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2019 National Black Members' Conference
12 September 2018
Carried as Amended

Conference this Government has done a great injustice against all women who were born in the 1950s.

By increasing the age of women’s state pensionable age and not informing them of the true impact this would have on their lives.

At a time when they would be planning for their retirement in the last 2 years of their working lives, instead hearing that they would have to work a further 6 years.

Such shocking news presented many women unable to cope for many this has had a detrimental effect impacting on personal health and well being as well as financial health.

This affects 3.8 million women in the UK and abroad there has been over 8000 complaints, logged with the government.

This has affected all women but the impact upon our Black women who don’t know much about this injustice is a greater inequality.

As we are aware of the huge pay gap between men and women, this pay gap was significant for black women who were paid even less than our white female counterparts. Due to the lack of education training and guidance Black women were often taking on more than one job to make ends meet and having to take a break in employment to bring up children and take care of family as the main care givers this having a huge impact on their pensionable income. Black women working longer hours for less pay, less retirement pension, and on top of all this having to work for many more years to make up the financial shortfall in the pay gap and then learning they have to work 6 more years before they are able to retire.

Conference we call upon the National Black Members Committee to work with the National Women’s Committee and Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI):

1)To give guidelines and information to our Black Women;

2)To carry out a workshop at the next National Black Members Conference to gather an understanding of what WASPI means to women of retirement age and those younger, to gather stories of impact of WASPI – amongst our Black Women;

3)For this above information to be collated and featured in Black Action Magazine;

4)To publish an article in Black Action Magazine – featuring a member who has been affected by the changes to their retirement age sharing the detrimental impact of this on their personal health and wellbeing and financial health.