Switzerland -Construction workers early retirement in danger -September 21, 2015

An early retirement scheme, introduced in 2003 and considered one of the country’s signal social successes, is in danger because of a contributions shortfall. More than 13,000 construction workers have taken advantage of the scheme since the start by taking their pensions from the age of 60. The influx of baby boomers retiring means the plan needs extra funds to avoid going in the red. Trade unions have criticised that construction companies are not acting to deal with this development. Statistics show that more than 40% of the construction workers either fall ill or die prematurely by the time they reach 65 because of their job demands.

English: http://www.thelocal.ch/20150921/construction-workers-early-retirement-in-peril

For more information, please contact the editor Jan Cremers, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies (AIAS) cbn-aias@uva.nl or the communications officer at the ETUI, Mariya Nikolova mnikolova@etui.org. For previous issues of the Collective bargaining newsletter please visit http://www.etui.org/E-Newsletters/Collective-bargaining-newsletter. You may find further information on the ETUI at www.etui.org, and on the AIAS at www.uva-aias.net.

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