Brazil mulls minimum retirement age of 65 for men and women

Published: February 05, 2019 12:11:02 | Updated: February 07, 2019 10:58:58

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro (left) attends a ministerial meeting at Planalto Palace in Brasilia — Reuters/File

Brazil’s government has opened discussions with congressional leaders, state governors, and mayors on a pension reform bill that would set the minimum retirement age for men and women at 65, a government official said on Monday.

The proposal is one of several under consideration, as President Jair Bolsonaro looks to get the legislative ball rolling on his ambitious plans to overhaul Brazil’s creaking social security system.

Currently, if workers have contributed into the system for at least 15 years, the earliest men can retire is 65 and for women it is 60. But men can retire at any age if they have paid into the system for at least 35 years, and women if they have contributed for 30 years, reports Reuters.

Speaking to reporters outside the Economy Ministry in Brasilia, Rogerio Marinho, secretary of social security and labour at the ministry, confirmed talks were underway on the proposal to change that.

Part of the proposal, which was originally reported by O Estado de Sao Paulo newspaper, stipulates that workers must pay into the system for a minimum of 20 years.


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