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Poland

29 September 2016

Rise in statutory retirement age to 67 may be abandoned

Parliament must decide on a bill that will reinstate the retirement ages from before the last reform, i.e. 65 for men and 60 for women.

Following an election campaign focusing on the country’s social aspirations, President Andrzej Duda declared, before being elected in May 2015, that he wanted to reverse the previous liberal government’s reform of the statutory retirement age and return to 65 for men and 60 for women, as opposed to 67, which is the current age for both sexes. Caught between his election promises and Poland’s economic and demographic constraints, as highlighted by the liberal-conservative and Christian Democrat government of Donald Tusk, he has had to partly backtrack.

While keeping the symbolic ages of 65 and 60, his proposal introduces a contribution period criterion, which is 40 years for men and 35 years for women. This option is supported by the government, but not by the social partners. In particular, Jan Guz, President of the main Polish trade union, OPZZ (with 700 000 members), has not ruled out street protests to highlight trade union dissatisfaction at the way that the current government is solving the retirement issue.

The text is currently before Parliament. If the reform is quickly passed, it will enter into force no earlier than 1 October 2017.

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