The plight of a woman who was refused a war widows pension has sparked an outcry from UK union, Unison.
The union reacted angrily when Anna Homsi, whose partner of eight years was killed in action when she was six month’s pregnant, found out that she would not be given a pension because the couple were not married.
Earlier this month Unison expressed outrage that MP’s have bolstered their own pension scheme to include benefits for unmarried partners, but were failing to improve benefits for other public sector workers.
Unison’s head of pensions, Glyn Jenkins, said: “It is a disgrace that Anna Homsi should be refused a war widow’s pension to help her bring up her baby. Unfortunately Anna’s case is not unique in the public sector where pension schemes routinely discriminate against partners who are not married.
“It is particularly ironic that whilst there has been no movement from ministers to allow changes to public sector pension schemes, MPs voted to give those very rights to their own partners just this month.”
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