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GMB Northern Back Waspi Campaign

Thursday, September 15, 2016

GMB Northern Region Back Waspi Campaign

This group of women have sacrificed a lot for their families, their communities and the country says GMB

GMB, the North East's biggest general trade union, has reiterated its support for the Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI) campaign against the discrimination of women born in the 1950s onwards.

Representatives from GMB Northern Region will attend a demonstration at Grey's Monument, Newcastle on 16th September between 9am and 5pm as part of a countrywide WASPI initiative. WASPI women will be dressed in Suffragette period costume to highlight the plight of discrimination against this age group of women.

The Lord Mayor of Newcastle will also be in attendance at the demonstration along with the Deputy Mayor, Newcastle Council Leader Nick Forbes and local Councillors and MPs. WASPI campaign will be gathering petition signatures and raising awareness about WASPI to local shoppers since so many women are still unaware they won't receive their pension at 60.

GMB Northern Regional Secretary Billy Coates said "Women against state pension inequality (WASPI) is one of the most worthwhile groups and causes in the UK. It is an absolute scandal what this Government has done to millions of women who now have to work longer to avoid pensioner poverty when they should be entitled to support from the Country.

This group of women have sacrificed a lot for their families, their communities and the country. The Country or the Government of the day should neither ignore them or discriminate against them".


Contact: Chris Jukes Senior Organiser 07870 176 733 or press office on 07958 156846 or


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