Meretz Leader Seeks to Prevent Rise in Women’s Retirement Age

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Meretz party chairwoman Zahava Gal-On submitted a bill over the weekend that would head off apparent plans to raise the retirement age for woman. Gal-On’s legislation is being proposed as the Economic Arrangements Bill that the Finance Ministry is expected to propose shortly in conjunction with the 2013 budget would raise the retirement age for women from 62 to 67.

In the previous Knesset, which disbanded in advance of elections that were held in January, Gal-On was among a group of legislators fighting gradual hikes in the retirement age for women to 64 and then 67. The MKs passed legislation that would ultimately provide for an increase in the retirement age but in the interim would set up a panel to examine the issue. The new legislation submitted by Gal-On, with the support of Labor Party leader Shelly Yacimovich, Tzipi Hotovely (Likud) and Faina Kirshenbaum (Yisrael Beiteinu), would scrap the future retirement age hike for women that was passed in the last Knesset.

Meretz leader Zehava Gal-On speakng at the Knesset, Feb. 13, 2013.Credit: Michal Fattal

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