More trouble for pension age increase plan as union objections grow

The leaders of seven national trade unions have written to the FNV trade union federation calling on it to end talks on reforming the pension system, the Telegraaf reports on Monday.

The union leaders say the plans currently being negotiated by the FNV leadership, employers and government pose ‘too many risks’ for workers.
‘The plug must be pulled on these negotiations. As things are, we are swimming into a trap set by the cabinet, employers and insurers,’ the letter states.
The letter was been signed by the leaders of the engineering, national civil service, railways, public transport, cleaning and telecom sector unions.
The unions are due to discuss progress on the talks today, the Telegraaf says.
The paper does not make it clear exactly what the union objections to the plan to increase the pension age from 65 to 67 actually are.
Last month the Financieele Dagblad said unions are concerned that the government has not met their wish to allow people to retire at 65 in 2020 without losing any of their pension entitlements. People who work longer would get higher benefits.
The unions are also unhappy at government plans to limit tax breaks on private pension premiums, the paper said.
And the Telegraaf said earlier unions are unhappy at the plan to link pension increases to stock exchange movements.

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