ITALY - Italian farmers will be forced to work until they are 80 years old unless their pension system is revised, warned the Italian Confederation of Farmers (CIA) and the National Pensioners's Association (ANP).
Giuseppe Politi, president CIA and Mario Pretolani, president ANP, have called for the revision of the welfare system for farmers and for an increase in the minimum pensions awarded to the sector.
They said the farmer living in rural areas have to face harder circumstances because the pension they were receiving was insufficient in the face of the cost of living.
Politi and Pretolani explained once the utilities bills were deducted from the pension received, the farmers were left with practically nothing.
"Therefore they are forced to continue working to accrue a higher pension," they noted.
This is a social injustice and the farmers should be allocated a pension equal to that given to workers in other sectors, continued the presidents.
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