Union stops protests against raising pension age

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Leader of the biggest trade union in the Netherlands, FNV, says one should accept a decision chosen by the majority of parliament.

The Hague – The Netherlands' biggest trade union, FNV, has reconciled itself with the higher retirement age of 67 which is to be introduced by the government and will instead focus on limiting the damages on the lowest income groups.

Speaking in an interview with daily Nederlands Dagblad, union chair Agnes Jongerius said that as the Netherlands is a democratic society one should accept a decision which gained the support of a majority in parliament.

However, the FNV union continues to disagree with the manner the new retirement age will be introduced.

The union is strongly against the proposed penalty of eight percent discount on the AOW benefit for people who still prefer to soon stop working.  "That makes early retirement for people with lower incomes actually impossible," said Jongerius.

The FNV is also strongly against the government’s proposal to raise retirement age along with the state pension age.

"The pensions are a matter for employers and employees. Not for the government,” said Jongerius.

As recent as last week, several constituent unions of FNV called for strike action against raising the state pension age.

Radio Netherlands / Expatica

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