Dutch Trade Union Against Pace of Reform Not Retirement Age Increase
11 September 2012 (PLANSPONSOREurope.com) - Dutch trade union FNV says it is not against increasing the state pension age in the Netherlands, but has demanded a slower timetable for the reform.
The trade union federation has threatened industrial action unless the country’s caretaker government halts plans to introduce austerity measures, including an increase in the Netherlands’ retirement age.
And Union chairman Ton Heerts has written to prime minister Mark Rutte slamming the austerity measures recommending they be taken out of the government's 2013 spending plans.
But a spokesman for the union told PLANSPONSOR Europe FNV recognises people live longer and an increase is inevitable.
However he added: “We are against the pace and the form in which these measures have taken. We fear the consequences for people especially for certain workers groups.”
According to the union workers should have the freedom of choice to work after 65 years or to stop along with a financial incentive should they choose to work for longer.
Meanwhile it has also called for regulation to protect low income groups along with regulation to improve the labour position of older workers who would like to work but are not hired.