The leader of the Civic Platform, Donald Tusk, declared on Tuesday that he would certainly not return to the forced raising of the retirement age. The reactions of people in Poland were mostly unequivocal, the former prime minister recalled. According to Tusk, “people should want to work longer, and therefore we need to think about a system of motivation and education that will make Poles realize that the shorter you work, the more your pension will resemble an allowance that is barely enough to live on.”
The statutory retirement age from 1 October 2017 is 60 for women and 65 for men. The regulations restoring the retirement age that was in force before the reform of the PO-PSL government, which gradually raised it to 67, were passed in 2016.
Donald Tusk on raising the retirement age
Chairman of the PO Donald Tusk during Tuesday’s meeting in Łódź, he did not rule out that raising the retirement age by his government 10 years ago was one of the reasons for his victory PIS in parliamentary elections.
– The reactions of people in Poland were mostly unequivocal. We do not want coercion in this matter. I will certainly not go back, and it is out of the question, to a model in which we force people to work longer hours. Here the reaction was unequivocal. People should want to work longer, and therefore we need to think about a system of motivation and education that will make Poles realize that the shorter you work, the more your pension it will be like an allowance that is barely enough to live on, the boss said AFTER.
He added that the willingness to work longer is related to, among other things, effective health care and work that can be performed by older people, which can be helped by the development of competences in the so-called professions of the future.
– All this should cause people of their own free will, not forced by the system, to want to work longer. But I will certainly not return to the forced increase of the retirement age, declared Tusk. Speaking about the demographic decline in Poland and fears related to the solvency of the pension system in the future, he pointed out that the biggest problem is the small number of children born. According to Donald Tusk, in order to restore the desire to have children, the task of the state is to grant such rights to all women so that they know that motherhood is their decision.
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