Union movement reaffirms opposition to attacks on pensions


All the main trade union organisations have come together along with groups representing students and young workers to reject the idea that the national pensions and retirement system needs reform or an increase in the retirement age. In a joint communique the organisations underline that it is a major mistake for the government to come up with proposals to reform the system in the current economic and social climate. The trade unions argue that, like the vast majority of the population, they do not support any increase in the legal retirement age or in the contribution period and underline the potential impact on young workers who already face precarious employment conditions. A government announcement is expected in mid-December and the trade unions and youth organisations will meet to discuss how to mobilise with the prospect of strikes and demonstrations in January if the government persists with its proposals.

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