By: Moja Dolenjska
After Minister of Labour Luka Mesec announced that pensions would be adjusted by 8.2 percent next year, the head of the October 1st Institute, who organises nationwide protests by retirees in Ljubljana, Pavle Rupar, responded.
He informed the government that the adjustment is welcome but far from sufficient.
“Pensions are still not aligned, neither with inflation nor with rising prices. Winter is coming, and it is hard to generate warmth, electricity from promises. Therefore, we must not be satisfied with just a small increase because we are always deprived,” Rupar wrote.
He reiterated that the next nationwide protest by retirees will take place on October 18th in Ljubljana, where they will demand higher pension increases. It is worth noting that the institute’s primary demand is a 20 percent increase in pensions.
Meanwhile, the government is considering tightening retirement conditions, including a proposal to raise the retirement age from 65 to 67 years.