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Protesting for pensions

Issue No. 2125

Over 1,000 pensioners and trade unionists lobbied parliament on Wednesday of last week demanding a decent state pension for all.

The lobby was organised by the National Pensioners Convention (NPC) and the TUC.

It brought people from across the country together to demand a raise in the pension level to £151 and an end to means testing for pensions and tax credits.

Joe Harris, the NPC general secretary, told a rally, “After 100 years of the state pension it’s a national disgrace that at least 2.5 million older people are still living below the official poverty line, and millions more are struggling to meet the rising costs of living.

“When billions of pounds are being found to bail out the bankers, no one can say that the people who have worked all their lives can’t have a decent pension to retire on.

“We can’t afford, as pensioners or workers, to pay for this bailout of the sick capitalist economy.”

Other speakers included GMB general secretary Paul Kenny, PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka, Unison general secretary Dave Prentis, Unite assistant general secretary Len McClusky and TUC leader Brendan Barber.

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Tue 28 Oct 2008, 18:37 GMT
Issue No. 2125
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