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Pension reform clears Senate


The Senate on 24 May approved without changes the government’s pension reform plan lifting the retirement age to an equal 67 years for both men and women, up from 65 and 60 years at the moment, respectively. The change will be phased in gradually from 2013 until 2020 for men and until 2040 for women. Senators also passed a related reform of the pension system of the uniformed forces, which increases the mandatory working period by 10 years to 25 years and sets a minimum retirement age of 55 years (for new employees only).

Both bills will now be sent to the President for signature.

On the day that the bills were passed President Bronislaw Komorowski was due to meet Piotr Duda, leader of the Solidarity trade union, who spearheads opposition to the reform.

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