Pension reform discussions ‘on verge of collapse’

Discussions between unions, employers and the government on increasing the state pension age are on the brink of collapse because the unions will not agree to the social affairs ministry proposals, the Telegraaf reports on Friday.

Sources have told the paper the unions disagree with two fundamental points with regard to the size of the state pension once the pension age has been put up to 66 or 67.
‘A 0.5% increase in the state pension to compensate for the increase is ‘absolutely not enough’, the insiders said.
In addition, the unions say the minister wants to cut too much from the state pension of people who insist on retiring at 65 and will not pay a big enough bonus to those who stay on.

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