Higher for some, lower for others

Labour’s superannuation policy appears to be a wee bit confused.

They want the age at which it is first paid raised to 67, but they’re also suggesting that  people who do tough manual work should be paid super at 60.

They don’t define “tough” but a lot of people who do manual work are fitter and better able to work than many people several years their junior.

We employ a couple of those.

One came to do three days work more than 20 years ago and is still with us. He’s 82.

The second crutches sheep for us every working day. When he runs out of stock in need of his skill he grubs thistles – and he’s 81. That’s more than two decades past Labour’s would-be retirement age for manual workers.

He doesn’t work a full week though – proving his mind is as fit as his body, he takes Wednesday afternoons off to play bridge.

One Response to Higher for some, lower for others

  1. JC says:

    The idea of a 2 or 3 stage Super has merit though. It would be appropriate for Maori to retire earlier (for a lesser amount of Super) because they die a decade younger.. and sensible for many fit people to work longer and receive a bigger benefit when they do retire.

    The thing to kill is paying Super at a set age to everyone.



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