how Germany succeeds in having the shift in the legal retirement age accepted

Barthélémy Philippe, edited by Gauthier Delomez
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06:11, March 13, 2023

According to a study by the French Ministry of Labour, nearly four out of ten people feel unable to support their job until retirement. An important part which explains a rejection of the government reform by many employees. In Germany, where working conditions change with age, the protests are less.

This is one of the reasons that explains the rejection of the pension reform by part of the French population. According to a study by the Ministry of Labour, nearly four out of ten French people feel unable to support their job until retirement, describing a painful activity. These employees are even more numerous in low-skilled jobs, in contact with the public, such as cashiers, nurses, hotel or restaurant employees.

In general, these French people retire before the others, often for health reasons. In reality in France, working conditions do not evolve sufficiently with age, which is not the case with some of our neighbours, such as in Germany.

Should we follow the German example?

Across the Rhine, “the unions ensure that employees, especially in industry, if they work on an assembly line or carry heavy loads, change jobs from a certain age. There are also adjustments planning”, explains for example the economist Anne-Sophie Alsif at the microphone of Europe 1, comparing with France where there are elderly employees who work night shifts.

The economist supports the German example: “The idea is that the oldest people have the best time slots, or when they have difficult slots, that they can have more hours of recovery” . And the results are there: Germany records fewer accidents at work than France. In our German neighbour, the progressive postponement of the legal retirement age to 67 years has finally not aroused many protests.