Minister of Labor Heil clearly rejects pension at 70 – “Incompatible with the reality of life”

Deutschland Minister of Labour

Heil clearly rejects pension at 70 – “Incompatible with the reality of life”

Stand: 29.05.2022

Heil wants climate money for people with a monthly income of less than 4,000 euros

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According to Labor Minister Hubertus Heil, the idea that police officers and nurses should not retire until they are 70 “only people who live in a completely different world” could have. He clearly rejects an increase in the retirement age: “That will not change”.

BFederal Minister of Labor Hubertus Heil clearly rejects an increase in the retirement age brought into play by economists because of high inflation. “What I think is right is the flexible transition to retirement. That’s perfectly fine,” said the SPD politician to the newspapers of the Funke media group. “But the idea that you should work in a steel mill or at the supermarket checkout, as a police officer or as a nurse up to the age of 70, can only be had by people who live in a completely different world.”

Heil reiterated: “We have agreed in the coalition that we will not increase the statutory retirement age. And nothing will change about that.” Recently, the discussion about a longer working life flared up again: Economists advocated a significant increase in the retirement age – also to cushion rising prices.

The economic researcher Gunther Schnabl had said to “Bild” that Germany already had a huge problem with skilled workers with too many vacancies. This means that, among other things, wages will have to rise sharply in the next few years. Goods and other services would then become much more expensive.

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“I think it’s a phantom debate to want or should work until 70. This is a discussion that cannot be reconciled with the reality of life for many people in Germany,” said Heil. According to the current legal situation, the age limit for the pension will be gradually raised from 65 to 67 years without deductions until 2029.

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