The National Forum of Trade Unions of Ukraine (NFPU) has called on the government to involve trade unions in the national discussion of changes in the pension system, NFTU said in a statement Tuesday, UKRINFORM reported.

"The answer that we will come from the Cabinet of Ministers will show how sincere are the statements of the authorities to begin public discussion of pension reform. We hope that when introducing the pension reform we should not repeat a principle that took place when making the tax code, when the government tried to "railroad" a law, which is beneficial only to them, but is not beneficial to society and a particular employee and retiree," NFPU chairman Myroslav Yakibchuk noted.

As UKRINFORM reported, the government introduced a bill to increase the normative duration of a pensionable service for the assignment of old-age pension at the a minimum amount from 20 years for women and 25 years for men up to 30 and 35 years respectively. In addition, the government proposes to gradually raise the retirement age for women from 55 to 60 years, annually increasing it to 6 months, from February 1, 2011, and for men working in the public service - up to 62 years from 2013.

On December 21 the Ministry of Social Policy submitted for public discussion a bill on measures to ensure the reformation of the pension system.

In February 2011, the parliament will hold public hearings on the pension reform.

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