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25 June 2013

47% of the German working population possibly not able to work until retirement age

Only 42% of the employees in Germany believe to be able to continue working under their current working conditions until retirement age. This is the main finding of the recent survey in the framework of the DGB index Gute Arbeit (Decent Work).

The answers given by the 4.895 employees from across the country who have participated in this survey point to the fact that the current working conditions have a negative influence on the future working capacity of most employees among which those working in the care and hospitality sectors and temporary agency workers.

One of the factors causing this pessimistic prognosis is the increasing stress at the work place. According to Michael Sommer, DGB President, the German government must finally understand that a retirement age of 67 is just unrealistic. Instead, one has to urgently improve working conditions and health protection at the workplace so that it becomes possible for employees to perform their job until the age of 65.

Further reading:

DGB press release from 24.06.2013 (only in German)

Read the whole report with the results of the 2012 survey in the framework of the index Gute Arbeit (only in German)

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