Plaid Cymru Leader Leanne Wood has urged women campaigning for pensions’ justice to “never give up” fighting for fairness.
The Rhondda AM appeared at a rally being held in the Welsh capital that was organised by Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI).
The WASPI campaign was launched after the Westminster Coalition Government in 2011 brought forward plans to equalise the state pension between men and women. This affected around 2.6 million women. In particular, an estimated 300,000 women, born between December 1953 and October 1954 and getting close to their state pension age, had to wait an extra year-and-a-half.
After the rally around the Aneurin Bevan statue in Cardiff city centre, Ms Wood said: “The numerous pension ministers that have dealt with this campaign no doubt hoped the women would all quietly go away after slamming the door in their face. They were all wrong to write off such strong-minded women.
“Each and every pensions minister in Westminster have underestimated the tenacity, the camaraderie and the determination to seek justice. All WASPI campaigners should be pleased for the way they have conducted this campaign; with dignity and a steely resolve.
“Plaid Cymru has been honoured to support them and we will continue to support them until the right thing is done. This support from Plaid Cymru extends from all levels of the party; at local government, Assembly level and in Westminster where the fight is waged on their behalf by our team of MPs and staff.
“On a day when we come together to celebrate International Women’s Day and a year in which we mark the centenary of votes being given to women for the first time in the UK, making our voice heard loud and clear is just as important now.
“My message to the WASPI campaigners is to 'keep fighting and never give up.'”
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