Pension Equality for Women
IFA is calling on all farmers to join the push for pension equality for women. Since the introduction of the changes to the yearly average contribution categories in 2012, the pension gap between women and men has widened.
Women are being discriminated against for taking time out from paid work to care for children and family members, particularly when in some instances they were forced to give up work under the marriage bar. IFA is calling on the Government to address past injustices for women at or near pension age by (i) introducing a total contribution system for the purposes of calculating the level of contributory pension and (ii) enabling the pension system to recognise the important role women have played and continue to play in providing unpaid care.
IFA has been lobbying in recent years for changes in the pension system to remove discrimination against women farmers, and we are delighted to lend our support to the National Women’s Council campaign for Pension Equality for Women. All farmers are called on to support the campaign and to contact their local public representatives to make them more aware of the women’s pension issues.
Support Pension Equality for Women campaign by using some or all of the resources below:
- Pension petition – collect signatures and return to Age Action (address at bottom of petition)
- Template letter – write to your local TDs, Senators and Councillors.
- Pension poster – to put up and raise awareness