French Military Warns Pension Reform Will Undermine Principle of ‘Social Ladder’ – Report

Changes to the state pension system planned by the French government and President Emmanuel Macron have sparked nationwide protests in france. Although authorities announced that they would scrap plans to raise the retirement age to 64 in an exchange for concessions, there is still no agreement with the unions.

France’s Supreme Military Service Council branded the terms of a pension reform suggested by the country’s government unacceptable, Le Parisien reports, citing a confidential document.

“After studying the document, we cannot give a favorable conclusion concerning the conditions for the defence sphere. Some of them worsen our army model and the service terms,” the 15 January report to the country’s Ministry of Defence, says, cited by the media outlet.

The criticism primarily concerns keeping the common principle of raising allowances for longer employment terms, which is envisaged in the reform bill. Namely, retirement at the ordinary term can result in the reduction of payments by 20%-60% for different categories of service. As the report concludes, this would create an older staff. As La Parisien points out, it goes against Prime Minister Édouard Philippe’s promise to take the unique nature of the armed services into an account, allowing soldiers to retire earlier.

Another suggestion of discord is an accounting method based on salary throughout a career, rather than the final six months on duty. As the document predicts, this would make pension…

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