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Most netizens say no to retirement age delay
    2012-06-12  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

    MORE than 90 percent of 450,000 respondents to a survey on people.com.cn, the official Web site of People’s Daily, have opposed the postponement of the retirement age.

    A delay of the retirement age is particularly likely to harm the employment prospects of the young.

    “The longer older employees work, the fewer vacancies will be available to young jobseekers,” a netizen opined.

    “The delay is certain to pose a negative impact on young people. A reform of the retirement system could start with narrowing the retirement age difference between men and women, which would cause little controversy,” said Zhan Zhanxin, vice director of the social security department of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.

    However, Mo Rong of the labor science research laboratory of the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security (MHRSS), said the supply and demand in the country’s job market is in a comparatively balanced state.

    “It would be better to let some old but skilled employees work longer, because there is a short supply of skilled people in the job market,” said Mo.

    People opposing the delay are also concerned about the health of aged employees.

    In response, Lin Jiang, dean of the economics department of Lingnan College of Sun Yat-sen University, said European countries and the United States can postpone their retirement age because they have a lower birth rate and an insufficient labor supply. Besides, there are few labor-intensive industries in those countries.

    However, China has many labor-intensive industries and a sufficient supply of young laborers, according to Lin.

    In addition, a completion of the social security system should come before the postponement of the retirement age, most of the survey respondents said.

    In response, Zhang Zhangxin, said the MHRSS’s intention to delay the statutory retirement age is an effort to improve the social security system. A payment imbalance is one of the most urgent issues in the country’s social security system.

    While an opposing voice plays a dominant role in the online survey, some have disputed the validity of the survey.

    “People who respond to online surveys are mainly young and middle-aged people, many of whom are searching for a job and hope employed people can retire earlier,” said some people.

    (Martin Li)

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