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24/09/2021

SIPTU members demand real action on pension age increases from North West election candidates

General Election 2020: The candidates in Longford / Westmeath

General Election 2020: The candidates in Longford / Westmeath

Up to 150 SIPTU members and activists, working in the health service across the North West of Ireland, gathered for a special “Stop67” campaign event tonight in Sligo.

At the event, SIPTU members asked all general election candidates in the Mayo, Sligo-Leitrim, Donegal and Roscommon-Galway constituencies to support the union’s campaign to stop the increase in the state pension age to 67 in 2021.

SIPTU Deputy General Secretary, Ethel Buckley said: “Stopping the increase in the state pension age to 67 is a key demand for SIPTU members in the general election. Our members want fair pension policies based on facts, not myths. We will be campaigning in key constituencies to make sure that all election candidates know how strongly our members feel about this disgraceful cut in people’s living standards.”

SIPTU Honorary President Padraig Peyton added: “The government plans to increase pension age further and faster than almost any other country in the developed world. It is difficult to understand the rationale for the decision to increase the pension age. It doesn’t save much money for the taxpayer and is putting the same taxpayers who have worked all their lives into pension poverty. It is not right and it is not fair.”

SIPTU National Executive Council member and health worker, Broc Delaney said: “The financial impact, particularly for people who are in bad health, can be devastating. For those who are forced to work on because of such financial issues it can result in a further deterioration in their health. Enough is enough. We have to say stop.”

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