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The Netherlands — Extended pension age linked to time limit on heavy duty work

16 October 2009

After the collapse of talks between unions and employer representatives on the extension of the national retirement age from 65 to 67, the government is expected to announce details today of how exactly this should be done.

According to news agency ANP, agreement has already been reached on measures to help workers who carry out physically challenging work to stay in employment until the age of 67.

Companies will have to ensure that workers do not perform heavy physical work for more than 30 years or pay them an extra pension under the rules ministers are considering. This will mean that employers will have to find less physically challenging tasks for the remainder of their working lives.

The government will have to clarify what exactly it understands by 'heavy duty work' for the new system to function.
State and corporate pension age is expected to go up from 65 to 66 in 2020 and from 66 to 67 in 2026. People will still be allowed to retire at 65 but will face a cut of between 5% and 8% of their state pension.



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