>Grey day for working pensioners in the Czech Republic

>Respekt (‘Důchod a trest’, 4-10 June, 9) notes a ruling by the Czech Supreme Administrative Court that restriction banning pensioners from entering into permanent employment dating from the mid-1990s (1996 it seems) is legal on the grounds that the loss of pensioner rights for breaching such restrictions could be construed as ‘socially just’. They can only have (a series of) fixed temporary contracts not exceeding a year. The measure, which replaced a cruder earlier restriction setting a ceiling on pensioners’ earnings if they wished to retain pensions, reflects a logic of rationing work, rather than maximizing employment.

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