Plans to raise retirement age considered 'unfair'
Employment Law & HR update 10/05/2012
Plans to raise the state pension age in the UK are viewed as
“unfair” by more than three-quarters of people surveyed in a recent
The survey, commissioned by Unite, the Public and Commercial
Services (PCS) union and the National Union of Teachers (NUT),
found that 62 per cent of people born before 1977 are uncomfortable
with plans to raise the state pension age.
A majority of the people polled – 62 per cent, again – said that
they felt that the poorest pensioners would be hit hardest if the
age is put up. Many people were, however, unaware of plans to delay
the threshold for state pensions: 57 per cent said they had “some”
understanding of the situation, but 38 per cent said they did not
The general secretary of the PCS union, Mark Serwotka, said that
plans to raise the age amounted to a “national scandal”.
He said, “Instead of making people work until they drop, we
should be giving them dignity in their retirement, and rather than
abandoning pensioners to poverty, we should provide a decent state
pension that they can live on.”
Christine Blower from the NUT added, “It is simply not feasible
for the majority of people to be working beyond 68. It is certainly
not in the interest of employees or of young people who will be
squeezed out of the job market.”
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