The NUJ 60+ council is an organisation of NUJ members aged over 60.
The council campaigns on issues including 60+ ageism, pensions (state and occupational) and related equality issues.
NUJ 60+ was launched in November 2009 to help the union, union pensions groups and the National Pensioners' Convention in campaigning on issues that affect the quality of life of NUJ members aged 60 and over.
We know the NUJ has thousands of members over the age of 60.
Some are still working, others are retired from work, but many have told us they want to get active with the NUJ.
For more details or to get involved with NUJ 60+ please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
There is also a a facebook group – Old(er) Hacks aloud!
The NUJ are fighting for adequate state pensions and decent occupational pensions and in support of maintaining and improving welfare services that enable older people to play their full role in society with dignity.
NUJ 60+ provides the opportunity for our members to use their vast experience and collective voice in shaping the work of the union.
The NUJ is affiliated to the National Pensioners Convention (NPC) and NUJ branches can affiliate to their NPC regional sectors so there is joint work at a local level.
Senior Reporter is the newsletter from the 60+ council:
- Older people need more respect in the media - argues 60+ council member Roy Jones.
- The Journalist tops 60+ Poll reports Jenny Sims for the NUJ’s 60+ Council.
- Society's glue: why "oldies" need a good press - open meeting with the council and Age UK.
Six members are elected to the 60+ council at each delegate meeting on nominations from branches. The rest of the council is made up of one representative from each of the industrial councils and the SEC, WEC and the IEC.
National Pensioners Convention’s Pensioners’ Parliament
Baby boomers "not to be blamed"
The media came under criticism during the National Pensioners Convention’s Pensioners’ Parliament in Blackpool for running stories which blamed older people for the housing and jobs problems of the young, fuelling a divisive generation gap.
According to an "age audit" by the National Pensioners Convention (NPC), not all of the baby boomer generation are living a life of luxury at the expense of the young; in fact,1.9 million older people were living in poverty. British pensions were the worst out of 37 developed countries in relation to wages and the percentage of pensioners unable to afford a decent standard of living has risen from 23 per cent to 31 per cent.
The audit revealed that cuts of £6 billion to adult social care meant that 1.2 million pensioners do not get the care they need and 500,000 to 800,000 suffer abuse and neglect.
Jan Shortt, general secretary of the NPC, said: “We can only start to address the very serious issues facing older people when we accept a more balanced view of what life is like for millions of pensioners in 21st century Britain." She said that to foster better understanding and to end the generational divide, the organisation needed to do more work to engage with young people.
The NUJ’s four 60+ council delegates marched to the Winter Gardens alongside more than 500 others from all over the UK, representing different unions, older people’s forums and other organisations to discuss the issues including NHS funding, social care, to public transport and funeral poverty facing pension-aged citizens and joined in the lively debates.
The NUJ is supporting the WASPI (Women Against Pension Inequality) campaign to fight for justice for women born in the 1950s affected by the State Pension Law (1995/2011 Acts). The Act included plans to increase women’s state pension age to 65, the same as men’s. WASPI agrees with equalisation, but does not agree with the unfair way the changes were implemented – with little or no notice and no time for women to make alternative plans. Retirement plans have been shattered with devastating consequences.
The campaign is asking for a 'bridging' pension to provide an income until state pension age and compensation for losses for those women who have already reached their state pension age.
What you can do:
• Invite along a WASPI speaker to your branch or chapel. You can make contact with their local groups on the WASPI website.
• Sign the WASPI petition and encourage others to do the same.
• Lobby your MP to speak up for the women who are losing out.
• Make a donation to WASPI