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STTK's board does not approve of raising
the minimum retirement age


STTK (20.02.2012) The board of the Finnish Confederation of Professionals STTK does not approve of raising the minimum retirement age from 63 years to 65 years. The board finds the pension system to function well and reminds us that work careers have been extended as planned.

The Finnish government has asked labour market organizations to agree on how to extend work careers. The common understanding should be reached by late March when the government handles the budgetary framework for the coming years.

STTK is ready to look for a solution that safeguards the extension of work careers. As part of the agreement STTK demands that the parties must agree on raising pension contributions in 2015-2016. This would guarantee inter-generational fairness and enable young people to trust the earnings-based pension system.

Well-being at work can be increased in many ways. Developing skills of working age people and managing of work organizations promote well-being at work. As do flexibility of working hours and working hour autonomy, STTK claims.

To lessen and decrease disability, employers, the occupational health care providers and the earnings-based pension system must tighten their cooperation. Rehabilitation must be expanded and made more effective.

Finland is living in an age of difficult structural changes. Daily, we lose jobs and skills as a consequence of it. The most important tasks of the government's budgetary framework handling must be to raise the employment rate, to tackle unemployment and to create a new strategy for economic growth.

Now it is not the proper time to make drastic cuts. Finland has to find growth in new industries and invest in new innovations that create jobs.