Poland lowers the retirement age to 65 for men and 60 for women

Surprising most of analysts and going against the tide, the government of Beata Szydlo lowered the retirement age to 65 years for men and 60 for women and the new law has been adopted by Polish Sejm. It isn’t really lowering but rather cancelling the reform from 2012 that increased it to 67 years for both sexes.
The move is very controversial and goes against the general trend, making the retirement age for women effectively the lowest among EU countries. The idea of lowering of the retirement age has been highly criticized from basically everywhere on the political spectrum because of its possible demographic and fiscal consequences. The government however is saying that it is the reform from 2012 which increased the retirement age that “cheated” Poles who didn’t expect this and the new law “gives people choice of retiring early”. According to the government, Polish labor market which is dominated by low salary jobs, isn’t exactly adjusted to workers from older generations who not always have the skills and “profile” to find themselves in the new reality.


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