Netherlands - Social partners remain divided over retirement age - September 30, 2009

On the evening of 30 September, the negotiations between employers’ associations and the three main union confederations in the Social-Economic Council (SER) on the retirement age finally broke down. The government had given social partners room till October to develop an alternative for its plans to gradually lift the retirement age to 67. The main issue of disagreement remains the age on which workers can count on the general state pension (AOW), which the unions want to keep longer at the age of 65. Government and employers argue that the joint plan that the union confederations finally agreed upon, creates substantially less than the Euro four billion savings on the government budget that are judged necessary.


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