INVERCLYDE women left counting the cost of having to wait six years for their state pension are still on the march for justice.

Despite a recent court setback for the campaign, the local Women Against State Pension Inequality protesters are warning the future government that they are going nowhere.

They are among the women born in the mid-1950s who lost out on thousands of pounds when they were told that their pension age would increase to 66.

Many local women who worked in schools, in the civil service and in hospitals have taken to the streets for the first time in protest.

SNP candidate Ronnie Cowan, who is hoping to be re-elected as MP, has been backing the campaign and today vowed to keep championing their cause at Westminster if returned by voters.

Retired learning assistant Jean Ramsay says she is among those worst affected.

The Greenock woman said: "I retired to look after my grandchildren on the basis that I would have my state pension.

"My daughter is a nurse and she wouldn't be able to work otherwise.

"I am 64 now, have used up all my savings and I still have another two years to go.

"It is just outrageous.

"Some of us didn't even get a letter.

"We entered into a contract with the government and they have broken their end of it.

"I think this is important to stress that this is not a benefit - we have paid into our pension and contributed to it."

Former civil servant Rosemary Kelly, 61, who also lives in Greenock has also vowed to fight on.

Rosemary said: "I am fighting this because it is plain and simply unfair.

"I am disappointed and I am angry at what has happened.

"I worked for 40 years, as have many of the women involved.

"This should never have been allowed to happen."

The ladies were joined by other campaigners as they pledged to continue to try to hold the government to account.

Election candidate Mr Cowan said: "I will continue to fight for the Waspi campaign.

"The whole pension system needs to be reformed.

"It is a disgrace the women have been treated in this way.

"Many of them did not even receive a letter to inform them of the changes.

"I have spoken out in parliament about this and I will do so again."