Czech Republic.- Thousands take to the streets to protest against raising retirement age

File – File image of a protest in Prague. – Ondej Deml/CTK/dpa

Thousands of people took to the streets on Wednesday in Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic, to protest in front of the government headquarters against the pension reform bill that includes an increase in the retirement age from 64 to 68.

The demonstration, called by several trade unions in the country, seeks to put in the spotlight the position of the center-right Czech government, which according to workers »is ignoring the social dialogue».

The organization has pointed out that about 2,000 people have already come to the area, according to information from the CTK news agency. The unions have presented, for their part, six demands that include a tax reform.

The country’s opposition leader and former prime minister, Andrej Babis, has urged the population to take to the streets as the government plans to present its new plan for pension reform later this year. This proposal could include a cap on pension increases based on inflation.

Pension reform is one of the latest proposals analyzed by the Government to address deficits in the general budget.