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Some non-Brexit age at work stories – then we’re taking a blog holiday

by on July 8, 2016

It’s been difficult to escape Brexit and politics generally these last couple of weeks. So thanks to The Guardian for this article covering some stories that had been overlooked. In particular, an update on the campaign to address pension inequality for women (the cohort born in the 1950s who are affected by having payment of their state pensions delayed, and it is claimed, without proper notice). The campaign group Women Against State Pension Inequality (Waspi) held a national demonstration outside parliament. They labelled it “the £30bn cut you’ve never heard of”. An estimated half a million women are affected.

On the other hand, as widely reported it looks likely (so far as anything political is certain) that our next Prime Minister will be a woman in her 50s (either Theresa May or Andrea Leadsom). So will gender equality for retirement move up the parliamentary agenda? With Brexit to sort out, probably not.

The plight of young workers under the age of 25 who are not eligible for the national living wage has also been highlighted, as here in The Guardian.  In any event, the United Nations reported recently that the new national living wage wasn’t enough to ensure a decent standard of living, part of a finding that the Conservatives’ austerity policies breach international human rights obligations.

Meanwhile over at Wimbledon, Serena Williams has been busy winning matches and saying (aged 34) that she has no plans to retire: ‘Retiring is the easy way out,’ she’s reported as saying in the Daily Mail. ‘I don’t have time for easy. Tennis is just hard.’ (Maybe not everyone would agree about retirement being easy – though if you’re a multi-millionaire that must remove any money worries). And in the men’s game, at the time of writing, Roger Federer is still (just) in the Championships also at the age of 34. Retirement doesn’t seem to be on his mind either but as we are often reminded, mid 30s in quite old in tennis terms, particularly at the level at which these players compete.

We’re now taking a month’s blog holiday. We’ll be back on 9th August.

Happy summer holidays!

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