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Dutch dockers rally over retirement age

On Thursday, 13th December, Rotterdam Maasvlakte will be the venue for the kick-off of a national campaign by the Dutch dockers’ union FNV Havens and the Dutch police trade unions together

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At the parking lot outside the ECT and APMT Rotterdam Delta peninsula, a 66-minute demonstration will take place to protest against the raising of the retirement age. The Maasvlakte container terminals will than come to a standstill from 11.30 to 13.30, dockers’ union leader Niek Stam (FNV Havens) told worldcargonews online.


Following gradual steps to raise the official retirement age from 65, people in their early/mid-sixties and younger will not receive the state pension (AOW) before the age of 67 years and 3 months. Dutch politicians are discussing raising it to 68 years because people are living longer on average.


The unions are rallying to reduce AOW age to 66 years. They would prefer 65 years to be restored, but few think that this is feasible.


The trade unions also want:

  • 45 years of having worked should qualify for the AOW benefit.
  • People in continuous rosters, such as most dockers and police officers, should be allowed earlier retirement than 66.
  • State deductions for early retirement and related tax relief should be abolished

The campaign could be ramped up later by tougher action, such as working-to-rule, go-slows and police not following up road speed camera shots.

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