Pension reform: The government does not set the retirement age

Pension reform: The government does not set the retirement age

With the pension reform, the government is walking on eggshells. New evidence, this Sunday, October 10, in the columns of Sunday newspaper. Labor Minister Olivier Dussopt explained that while there is a need to raise the average retirement age in order to balance the system, the government has not yet decided on a specific target age to be reached and that this issue is subject to consultation with the social partners.

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Last week, the government opened consultations with the social partners to discuss the highly sensitive pension reform requested by the President of the Republic, to come into effect in the summer of 2023, which will raise the average retirement age to 64 in 2027-2028 and 65 in 2031, before his Position finally weakened in the meantime.

“There is no totem, no taboo”

Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne was categorical on September 29, saying that despite union outcry on the issue, the reform would see a “gradual shift in the retirement age by four months a year, up to 65 in 2031.” The presidential majority is therefore once again more forgiving in its objectives. It was a condition that the unions agreed to continue talks.

“Back in July, the President of the Republic said that there is no totem or taboo on the question of age,” said Olivier Dussopt. This has to be agreed. But we have to move the average age backwards. Introduce a review clause can be a way of setting a date for an inventory in the future. If some people know of other ways to balance and improve our system without impacting pension levels or labor costs, I urge them to us to share this!”

Senior employment opportunities

Former Prime Minister of Emmanuel Macron, Edouard Philippe, President of Horizons, who is still silent on the issue, brought his voice to the chapter on Sunday. “I have always said that I find it necessary to move, to move a lot, during the retreats,” he said to them Parisian. “If we turn 65 and it works, that suits me very well. And if we go later, we need to improve the system by introducing more equity and taking into account long careers,” he said.

The focus of the consultations in the coming week will be the employment of senior citizens and wear and tear in the workplace. Senior employment rates in France are among the lowest in Europe. In order to improve the situation, Olivier Dussopt raises the possibility of revising the duration of the compensation for unemployed over 55s, which is currently three years, because he believes this duration can be seen by companies “as a way of downsizing”. He also believes that more should be invested in prevention by improving working conditions to limit early departures and strengthening training and retraining of older workers.

In order to encourage people to return to work, one of the plans is to enable a senior who has a lower-paying job to keep part of his unemployment benefit to compensate for the loss of earnings. The state also wants to encourage phased retirement and combined work with retirement.

(with Reuters)

Reference: www.challenges.fr

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