On October 7, 2019, the bz published an article by Christof Schuerpf about increasing the retirement age. The journalist refers to the auditor Deloitte, which in June of this year surveyed a thousand people between the ages of 50 and 70 on the subject. The increase - whatever the level - was badly received.

Various scenarios are in the room:

  • The Federal Council would like to gradually raise the retirement age for women from 64 to 65 over four years. Although this project has already failed twice at the ballot box.
  • There is also the additional idea of making pension payments more flexible. Specifically, one could retire between the ages of 62 and 70.
  • And then there are the Juso, who want to raise the retirement age to 66 and then link it to life expectancy.

The President of Pro Senectute, former Federal Councilor Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf, explained in an interview that the current system of old-age provision would soon no longer be financially viable. This means that fewer and fewer senior citizens can live on their pension. You have to look for additional jobs. She is in favor of flexible handling of the retirement age and emphasizes that a construction worker cannot work as long as a lawyer (cf. bz/07/02/2019).

Former member of the Council of States Philipp Müller, on the other hand, caused a sensation because he thinks that the retirement age should be abolished. He found that workers over 50 are very difficult to place when they lose their job. He thinks it has something to do with the high non-wage labor costs. And he explains that a kind of “working life” should be included in the calculation (cf. bz / September 30, 2019).

Well, dear reader, how do you feel about a decision? Which one is the right one? The subject is complex and difficult. In my opinion, however, it needs the economy and a rethinking. As long as companies no longer hire people over 50, a flexible and increased retirement age is of no use. Or?

PS: By the way: in August 2019, the unemployment rate in Switzerland was a low 2.1%. Also in August, 7,645 people aged 60+ were registered as unemployed throughout Switzerland (sources: Federal Statistical Office / situation on the labor market, 9/9/2019).

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