ITALY - The proposal to raise women's retirement age is a "useless punishment," according to Paolo Pirani, confederal secretary of the Italian Work Union (Union Italiana del Lavoro - UIL)
Pension reforms in Italy have proposed a three-year jump in retirement age from 57 to 60, due to be introduced in 2008. Dubbed the “scalone” this suggestion has been met with controversy and objection.
This is because previously, the retirement age was raised gradually, one year at a time, explained a spokesman at Pirani’s office.
The UIL declared that all that needs to be done in the pensions sector is for this “scalone” to be abolished.
UIL secretary general Luigi Angeletti echoed this call and said he sees no reason for the retirement age to be raised. “We have to incentivise people to continue working while leaving them free to make that choice,” he said.
Pirani also cited the launch of supplementary social security as another priority. “The fact that this has not yet taken off leads to a gap in the future for those facing the working world,” he said.
The trade unionist also spoke of raises in the contributions by young people as an important decision to be made.
All these issues should be discussed between the government and the social partners within a wider debate on the development of the country, according to Pirani.
He said however that the situation is far from clear and the government is giving out contradictory and confused messages.
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