Slovenia -Massive rejection of higher retirement age -July 11, 2011

In June, an overwhelming 72.2% of Slovenians rejected the raising of the retirement age in a referendum. The government prepared a draft of a new pension reform which passed Parliament in December 2010. The proposal included gradual rises of the statutory retirement age to 65, lowering the replacement rate on pensions, and changes to the way pensions can access their second-pillar retirement savings. However, trade unions opposed the reform and secured a referendum on the issue, and their campaigning contributed to a massive rejection of those plans.



This article was published in the Collective Bargaining Newsletter. It aims to facilitate information exchange between trade unions and to support the work of ETUC's collective bargaining committee. For more information, please contact the editor Maarten van Klaveren, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies (AIAS) You may find further information on the ETUI at, and on the AIAS at © ETUI aisbl, Brussels 2011.

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