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Pensions, reform underway: friction between government and unions

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For CGIL leader Maurizio Landini, the first meeting with the executive did not go well. According to Labor Minister Marina Calderone, the unions submitted their proposals too late. This is how the pension reform begins: in the foreground is the age to be able to leave the job

The pension construction site is kicking off again, aiming to end the season of buffer interventions, i.e. end the whirlwind of exceptions that periodically retool the system to get the INPS check. Mechanisms that, such as the current one that allows one – but only in 2023 – to stop working at 41 years of premium and 62 years old, anticipate the age requirement (67 years) established more than ten years ago by the Fornero law.

The effective retirement age in Italy

So much so that in our country the average retirement age is 63.5 years. It is too early to say what will be the landing point of the government-union confrontation, the first in a long series of encounters where there has been no lack of tension.

Q&A between unions and government

CGIL leader Maurizio Landini complains that he has not received answers about timing or resources, recalling that the unions want to reach an agreement by April, when the executive will have to decide how to use public money. Labor Minister Marina Calderone speaks of a “profitable” start, of the need for certain criteria, but would also blame the unions for the delay in submitting their proposals.

The proposal of CGIL, CISL and UIL

Cgil, Cisl and Uil are calling for it to be possible to retire from age 62 and without too many check penalties or with 41 years of contributions, regardless of age. Solutions that are close to those advocated by the majority in some sectors, but that must take into account the resources available.

The source node and the weight of the welfare cost

Changing with these parameters would mean an increase in expenditures which, according to Itinerari Previdenziali, are sustainable today, but are burdened (with strong growth in recent years) by welfare costs: benefits for the disabled, social pensions and many other measures, including the Citizenship Income, obviously not covered by contributions such as old-age pensions.

Source: TG 24 Sky

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