Women big losers in plans to cut the part-time pension
Women will be the big losers if new plans to cut the number of part-timers getting a contributory pension come into force, it has been claimed.
A women's group wants the government to park a proposal drawn up by department officials that part-time workers would have to earn at least €70 a week to qualify for the State pension.
Currently, workers need to earn only €38 a week to get the pension worth a maximum of €233 a week.
The National Women's Council of Ireland said it was seriously concerned that any proposals to reduce pension entitlements for part-timers would have a disproportionate impact on women's entitlements.
Director Orla O'Connor said that despite government commitments to close the gap between men and women's pensions, it had widened. Women's pensions were now worth 37pc less than men's, she said.