Dutch unions object to plans for work for over-65s
The unions feel that the employment minister should allow people over 65 to choose if they want to continue working.29 May 2008
THE NETHERLANDS - The Dutch trades union federation (FNV) is disappointed at Employment Minister Piet Hein Donner's plans to encourage people to work beyond the present retirement age of 65.
The minister is attempting to deal with the threat of a shrinking workforce, which will no longer be able to pay for a growing pensions bill. Research shows many people would be interested in working beyond 65.
Donner's proposals include a 5 percent increase in the amount of pension paid for every extra year worked. The minister is also considering part-time pensions for those past retirement age who wish to carry on working a few days a week.
To attract employers to the idea, Donner also proposes allowing companies to sack over-65-year-olds who become sick. The dismissed employees would then immediately begin collecting their pensions.
Under normal circumstances, Dutch employers have to continue paying sick employees for two years.
The FNV thinks employees should be given the right to choose whether or not they go on working, and criticises the minister's plans for falling short of what is needed.
[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]