Only one in six support the idea of raising the
Helsinki (29.12.2012 - Juhani Artto) The employer stronghold EK urges
retirement age be raised but a large majority of citizens oppose EK's
proposals on the matter in question. Once again this has been confirmed
by the results of the
Yle published on Wednesday.
According to the poll, only 16 per cent of Finns support the idea of
the lower limit of the retirement age. It is now 63 while the upper
68. The trade unions are also opposed to proposals on raising the lower
limit of the
Unions believe that people would voluntarily choose to retire later if
conditions could be developed in ways that are more conducive and less
damaging to people's
health. Employers should apply themselves to working towards this goal
more energetically, the unions insist. The
same remedy would prove effective when considering how to
lower the high
number of people who become disability pensioners annually.
Statistics on people who retired last year speak strongly for
the trade union movement’s position on this issue. Of the almost 71,200
people who retired over
25,000 were new disability pensioners. More than half of these were
55-years of age. The number of new disability pensioners has been fairly
stable throughout the 2000s. A significant reduction in the number of
disability pensions could be achieved by seeking to
eliminate or limit the very factors that give rise to
disability at workplaces, the unions say.
When it comes to the lower limit of the ordinary old-age pension, 63, an
overwhelming majority of people retire when they have reach 63 years of
or soon after it. Last year only 2,275 people were over 66 years of age
they retired. The number of retiring 66-year-old people was less than
and the number of retiring 65-year-old people slightly over 6,500.
These figures clearly indicate that the right to retire between the ages
63 and 68 does not effectively lead to later retirement. The legislation
that created this from 63 to 68 retirement corridor has been in force
2005. The unions insist that many people would retire later if they were
jobs that were attractive to them. Studies indicate that old people
appreciate, for example, flexible working hours.