The STOP67 coalition has said it is disappointed at the composition of the Pension Commission.
In a statement, the group said it believes the Government did not appoint enough members who reflect the interests of those most affected by the proposed pension age increase and in particular organisations representing women and older people.
The STOP67 coalition, which includes the National Women’s Council of Ireland, SIPTU, Age Action and Active Retirement Ireland, mounted a campaign during the general election against the proposed pension age increase to 67 from next January.
Orla O’Connor, Director of the NWCI said that women experience “deep inequalities” in our pension system.
“As women continue to do the majority of care work and are more likely to be in low paid, part time jobs, it is difficult to collect sufficient PRSI contributions to be eligible for the full State contributory pension and so they are more likely to be reliant on the non-contributory pension.
“Pension policy is absolutely crucial for women’s equality and has an enormous impact on women’s access to an independent income in old age.
“While we recognise the expertise of the members on the Commission, there is currently no civil society gender perspective. This means the direct experiences of women will not be reflected on the Commission, in its deliberations and outcomes,” she said.
Peter Kavanagh, Head of Communications, Active Retirement Ireland said he is disappointed at what he said is the “lack of a voice for women or older people” in the composition.
“For those most affected by pension inequality to be absent from the conversation is not the transparent and open process we had hoped for.
“Our hope was that the Pensions Commission would consider a much broader set of implications than the fiscal pressures an ageing population places on the country.
“The emphasis on sustainability and the absence of civil society stakeholders representing current and imminent pensioners, give us little in the way of optimism for a fair outcome,” he said.
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