"Tantpatrullen fighting for the poor pensioners: A women's issue of life and death"
"This is a kulturartikel which is a part of Aftonbladet's opinionsjournalistik."
"My mother, Tanya call. Tantpatrullen has the release of his book Tantologi and she was wondering if we can't go there together. She wants me to meet with the women every Thursday demoing at Mynttorget for a new pension: ”the Old lady need more money.”"
"Many pensioners will be just as excited each time the pension pops up, once a month ”without work”. Others are seeing the numbers on your account are different. Sweden has the 2.2 million pensioners. 328 000 are classified as poor, according to the EU's calculations. About a million – a million – teetering on the poverty line. Most of them are women."
"I'll meet mother at the Stockholm central station when she arrives with the train from Västerås. She is metallarbetardotter just like me, and have also made a class trip. She began as a telephone operator at the unemployment office in Västerås and became many years later its head, before she entered the riksdag for the Left party. She was born in 1943 and retired a long time ago. The hair is cut short and the coat new. "
"– It is not from Gudrun Sjödén! I've stopped shopping there since she said that women with low wages are comfortable and have themselves to blame. "
"Thanks to its social progression has mom a great pension, and also live with Lasse since 45 years back, together they have it good. But the whole of the mother's essence is the solidarity aktivistens, that is why she is here. "
"– I cannot stand with the knowledge that women in my age have it so fucking bad."
"on average, men have 65 000 more in pension a year. "
"the Release is at the Clarion hotel in Skanstull. We meet, we of the women in the red hats, caps and hats. They are happy and cursed, full of dog owners. Some are moving with the mobility aid, the other looks to be the same age as me. "
"Birgitta Sevefjord, one of Tantpatrullens founder 2014, and then grabs the microphone and holds an appeal that is bursting with facts and the curse of an unrighteous pension scheme that strikes hard against all, but especially against women."
"on average, men have 65 000 more in pension a year. The explanation is that women earned for the worse and that they live longer and in a higher degree in single-person households. "
"Swedish pensioners are the poorest in the Nordic countries and the poor even compared with the majority of the EU member states. It is because we are in 1995, abolished the ATP and got a new pension scheme that is so complicated that hardly anyone understands it, more than that it is market-driven. Inga-Lisa Sangregorio, 82 years, has made a heroic effort with the book ”the sting” (Carnival publishing), which sorts out this whole set up. "
"– Put down the pensionsgruppen! says Birgitta Sevefjord and rödhättorna cheering in response."
"more and more understand that the pension system creates fattigpensionärer on a conveyor belt. Therefore, the government has appointed a group to review the pension scheme. It consists of six men and two women, representing six of the eight parties. The left party, the only party that was against the pensionsöverenskommelsen, may not be. Neither The sweden democrats. So far, this male-dominated group just come up with a single solution: raising the retirement age. "
"the Problem is just that not everyone even now manage to work until pension. "
"last week released the Local report, ”Separate worlds?” which is based on SCB statistics. It shows that the life expectancy for women is dropping in Sweden. In an interview with Aftonbladet's reporter Anette Holmqvist says Union president Tobias Baudin, to the politicians who want to raise the retirement age, can not continue to argue as life expectancy increases, it does not do it for all. Those who work in low-lönesektorn, which means that they are quite ordinary jobs, such as in the home, will not be able to work until they are 65. "
"But them stops in Sweden. "
"We see the same pattern in the whole of Europe: the low-paid suffer from the economic stress that shortens their lives."
"The really poor pensioners are not here," says a woman to me. They isolate themselves."
"I'm talking with a woman who sold her summer house in order to afford to stay in the condominium, a second on the unremarkable address. Another woman cannot afford to visit the grandchildren. "
"In the Stockholm public transport can often see retired people working as trafikvärldar. "
"– The really poor pensioners are not here, " says a woman to me. They isolate themselves. "
"It will be alerted that more and more pensioners are homeless and selling the Fact. "
"I'm calling my exman, Anders. He is an expert on PRO with special skills kvinnopensioner. We have had this conversation many times, and the thing is, I really can't get into my skull that so many pensioners have it so damned bad. "
"– We live in Sweden for the in hell, says I to the end of the year. So it will be well not to be here?!"
"”Many men ask us why we don't do anything for them ... but now they will have the well for seventeen guys to do something for themselves, huh?”, writes Marianne Eriksson, another of Tantpatrullens founder, in the preface to Tantologi."
"today's date is 8 march. It is difficult to think of a female issue that is more important than this, which is literally a matter of life and death. How can we go on to our parents, and grandparents, have it like this? And how can we be so unconcerned about our own old age? "
"– It goes faster than you think to get old, " says mom when we go home to me in Stockholmskvällen. "
"Rödhättorna, right now at their most angry, in Sweden, should not have to fight this battle alone. "
"Footnote: Tantpatrullen is every Thursday at 11.45 on Mynttorget. They have winter break and will kick off its activities again at the end of march."