Law to freeze women’s retirement age passes first reading

November 7, 2011 21:06

Legislation that will freeze the retirement age for women at 62 passed its first reading in the Knesset plenum Monday evening. It will now be passed back to the Knesset Committee for Welfare, Labor and Health for a second and third reading.

The bill, which was submitted by Meretz MK Ilan Gilon together Haim Katz (Likud) and several other MKs from across the political spectrum, comes as a direct challenge to a Finance Ministry recommendation to increase the women’s retirement age in stages from 62 to 67 in order to bring it in line with men.

The proposal, which was presented earlier this year, has been sharply criticized by women’s rights groups who point out that current gender inequalities in the work place must be addressed first, before discussing equality for men and women at the retirement level.

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