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de Brún concern for older women and retirement

13 September, 2011 - by Martina Anderson MEP

Sinn Féin MEP, Bairbre de Brún MEP today supported, in the European Parliament, Strasbourg, proposals to improve the situation of women approaching retirement age.

de Brún stated, "Not surprisingly, equal pay for equal work and the situation of pensions for older women plays a big part in the proposals we voted through today.It will be particularly important that disadvantage in the labour market does not lead to marginalisation and poverty in later years. Older women are consistently at a higher risk than their male counterparts of poverty, isolation and social exclusion. Changes must be made now to protect these women.

"Many women have spent their lives experiencing; shorter or interrupted careers due to childbirth or caring for others, an increased occurrence of part-time work compared with men and a persistent and significant gender pay gap. For many years in Ireland women were also forced to leave public service employment when they married. Many women are now facing a retirement which pays no respect to the valuable contributions they have made to society throughout their lives.

"We must ensure that older women aren't penalised in their pension entitlements.

"I am also glad to see that the European Parliament has today recognised that older women provide vital support to the community as advisers in work matters, bearing in mind their professional experience"

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