Public workers needed: Norway’s government wants pensioners to work with Ukrainian refugees

Marte Mjøs PersenPhoto: Håkon Mosvold Larsen / NTB
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The Norwegian government wants pensioners to work with Ukrainian refugees – without receiving a reduction in their pension.

The high arrival numbers from Ukraine have led to an urgent need for labor in the municipalities.

The Ministry of Labor and Social Inclusion is now sending out a new proposal for consultation. According to the proposal, pensioners with a contractual pension (AFP) in the public sector could work to help manage the refugee flow from Ukraine without having their pension reduced.

“The government wants to make it more profitable for pensioners in the public sector so that they can freely combine pension and earned income. We need access to more hands,” Minister of Labor and Social Inclusion Marte Mjøs Persen (AP) stated.

She added that the parties in the municipal sector also agree on a special rate for pensioner salary in the context of the demanding situation in a lot of municipalities. These rates would make it easier for municipalities to bring in retired personnel.

The consultation deadline is next Thursday, April 7.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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