Pension reform: the puzzle of taking into account hardship at work

Posted Oct 31, 2022 1:11 PMUpdated Oct 31, 2022, 4:49 PM

This is one of the key points of the ongoing discussions between the government and the social partners on pension reform. In an attempt to gain acceptance of raising the starting age to 65, the executive is keen to improve the consideration of hardship at work. The positions of the trade unions and employers on this very technical subject, however, remain difficult to reconcile.

The key tool for taking into account “professional wear and tear”, which is the professional prevention account (C2P), will in any case have to be adapted with the shift in the retirement age. Dating back to 2015, the hardship account allows employees working in difficult conditions (at night, with noise, extreme temperatures, etc.) to accumulate points. ​These points entitle you to training, part-time work or early retirement. Raising the retirement age will therefore require looking at the value of the point to allow for early departures.

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