Firefighters get new pre-retirement deal

Germany
As part of the 2015 public sector agreement, services union ver.di secured some improvements to the rules covering pre-retirement arrangements for firefighters with 35 years' service. Eligible firefighters can now get monthly payments, rather than a lump sum, worth 70% of monthly pay for a three-year period. The new rules also mean that some employment benefits, such as sick pay, are continued during the transition period. The only sour note is that employers have not been geared up to deduct the relevant employee contributions that they have to make to build up their entitlement. [Read more at > ver.di (DE)->http://feuerwehr.verdi.de/themen-bundesfachgruppe-feuerwehr/nachrichten/++co++015f0c3a-c52a-11e5-b92d-525400a933ef]

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