Working Till You’re Dead

Working Till You’re Dead
(A Pantoum)

Working till you’re dead.
The government said raising the state pension age
up to seventy five years old
will reduce involuntary worklessness.

The government said raising the state pension age,
a boost for the GDP,
will reduce involuntary worklessness,
helping older people. In their eyes,

a boost for the GDP
is an economic policy more important than
helping older people, in their eyes,
the so-called economically inactive.

Is an economic policy more important than
social justice, when
the so-called economically inactive
must be deemed unworthy?

Social justice, when
measured only in money
must be deemed unworthy.
Life is too short to be

measured only in money
up to seventy five years old.
Life is too short to be
working till you’re dead.

©️Janey Colbourne 2019

Click on the link below for The Huffington Post’s article on the recently proposed raise of the state pension age.

Pension Age Should Rise To 75 Says Iain Duncan-Smith’s Think-Tank

2 thoughts on “Working Till You’re Dead

  1. And the awful underlying assumptions here – it may be realistic if you’re overpaid, upper class and not required to do much for your money, but for actual working people, it may not be even slightly physically possible. And this at a time when jobs are being replaced by machines, is exactly the wrong thing to do.

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