The authorities will not lower the retirement age
Commenting on the bill submitted by the Communist Party to the State Duma on reducing the retirement age to 60 years for men and 55 for women, Federation Council deputy Valery Ryazansky said that the government doesn’t plan to lower the retirement age. According to him, the Russian pension system has gone too far from previous values. At the same time, the introduction of the bill related to this issue is an element of the election campaign.
In fairness, it should be noted that the CPRF (the Communist Party of the Russian Federation) was against raising the retirement age from the very beginning of the pension campaign and took some actions against the adoption of the law, which, however, did not have any effect.
However, the senator is right that with the current government in Russia, there will be no return to the old retirement age. And not because “our pension system has gone too far from previous values”, but because this will require an increase in spending on the payment of pensions, which will lead to raising taxes – on big businesses, on the high profits of top managers. But the authorities will by no means take this step, since they are trying to protect the interests of their precious investors – big businessmen. They work in the State Duma, ready to take any measures in order to prevent a rollback of the pension reform.
But nothing is impossible in our world if it doesn’t contradict the laws of nature. So, workers can also achieve a reduction in the retirement age, but not by voting in elections for the relevant party, but by pressure on the authorities. This means that people have to conduct a massive organized struggle to lower the retirement age, such a struggle and such methods that would force the authorities to make concessions.
There are examples of such successful actions of workers. The famous protests of 1998-1999 led to the criminalization of non-payment of salaries. As a result of massive protests against the monetization of benefits that took place in 2005, the reform was significantly adjusted and some of the provisions of the reform were canceled altogether.