EUROPEAN PAPERS ON THE NEW WELFARE

How to Reconcile employees’ interest with the increasing older workers employment policies

1. Employment rates in Europe

The European trade union movement supports the ambitious targets set by the European Council in Lisbon (2000) and Stockholm (2001): increase of the general employment rate to 70% and of the employment rate of older workers (55 to 64) to 50% by 2010. This increase is crucial in order to ensure the sustainability of the pension system, whatever be their design.
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