Employers and trade unions did not reach an agreement on lowering the pension age. Expert of Employers of Poland Łukasz Kozłowski stresses that Poland cannot afford to return to the pension age from before the reform, if we want to maintain discipline in public finances.
– The government can forcibly create space for financing its plans: cut other expenses, increase taxes, play cat and mouse with Brussels by trying to keep the deficit in the region of 3 percent despite the fact that we should be looking to reduce it to 1 percent. The maximum cost of increasing the pension age is 30 bln PLN, but this is not a sum that would put the country on the brink of bankruptcy – he comments.
– Obviously, lower pension age would be a disaster for the labour market and public finances in the long run. In a system with defined contribution, shorter work will mean that women will get very low pensions – underlines Kozłowski.