Greek Union Fights Retirement Age

ATHENS – Greece’s civil servants union ADEDY has asked the country’s highest court to annual a hike in the retirement age to 67.

The appeal was made to the Council of State over the government setting the higher age for pension benefits on orders of international lenders.

A ministerial decision hiking the retirement age affects workers who had filed for a pension before August 14 but whose application did not comply with the minimum age requirement introduced in October.

ADEDY’s appeal was filed against Labor Minister Giorgos Katrougalos, Deputy Minister for Social Security Tasos Petropoulos and Alternate Finance Minister Giorgos Houliarakis, whose decision to raise the minimum retirement age was part of the country’s third bailout agreement with its creditors.

In October, the coalition of the ruling Radical Left SYRIZA and its partner, the pro-austerity far-right Independent Greeks (ANEL) announced the retirement age would gradually be increased up to 2022 when all workers would be eligible to collect their pension on or after the day they turn 67.

For those who have completed 40 years of work, the minimum age will be 62 at the earliest. It still takes up to two years or more to get the benefits though and the retirees are prohibited by law from working.