A longer working life is generally considered inevitable. Young people enter the workforce late and, amongst others, a long and a healthy life increases the costs of early retirement. The current financial and economic crisis also adds to the urgency of a longer working life. The response from governments and the social partners to these developments is simple: people have to work as long as possible into their retirement age. As a consequence most pre-pension arrangements have been dismantled, and in most countries the pension age rises.
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