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Age of Retirement

Asked why the Government wanted nurses to retire at 60 years of age, when the aim was to raise the retirement age to 68 eventually, the PMS said that there were two separate issues here: the age when people receive the state pension, and when public sector and private sector employees retire. The PMS said that the Government was not saying that people should work until they were 68; they were simply saying that the state pension age would be 68 and that’s when people became entitled to it. In terms of when people actually retire, it was a contractual matter between them and their employers. So in relation to the public sector, there were well established contractual arrangements between employees and the Government about when people should retire, as would be the case with people who work for private companies.

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