Minister hails pension deal with unions

13th September 2011, Comments 0 comments

Social Affairs Minister Henk Kamp says he has reached agreement with employers’ organisations and unions on raising pension age to 67. But Abvakabo says it still opposes raising pension age. At a press conference on Tuesday afternoon Minister Kamp said he had met the wishes of the unions, for instance, people would be able to save for early pensions.

Chairperson of the FNV federation of unions, Agnes Jongerius, says the minister has promised to transfer 600 million euros from the high incomes to the low incomes. The chairperson has been criticised recently by union members for siding too much with the government.

The unions failed to reach agreement in an all night meeting on Monday to iron out differences of opinion on the deal. They fear people in heavy work or with low incomes will be forced to work longer or lose money if they retire early. Two of its affiliated unions Bondgenoten and Abvakabo rejected the deal last night.

The Federation of Unions FNV will meet with the leaders of affliated unions again next Monday to discuss the latest developments. The minister says he believes the unions will change their minds. He says, “The time for talking is over.”

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