Labour party opposes pension age increase

Labour party members are against cabinet plans to increase the state pension age from 65 to 67.

‘If we start eating away at 65, we are showing that nothing is sacred,’ Arie de Jong, member of the Labour members’ council, told the Financieele Dagblad.
Labour MPs have agreed in principle with a rise in the pension age as part of a package of measures to head off effects of the economic downturn.
But unions and employers have been given until October 1 to come up with an alternative plan.
Labour parliamentary party leader MariĆ«tte Hamer said she too would campaign against the increase following the members’ council decision on Saturday.

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