TRADE union SIPTU has called on Social Protection Minister Joan Burton to reverse her decision to increase the age for the state pension from 65 to 66 years from next January.
Speaking at the union's biennial conference in Dublin yesterday, delegate John Walsh said that workers who had a legitimate expectation of receiving the state pension at the normal retirement age of 65 "will be left high and dry with no state pension provision until age 66".
The move will see workers due to retire at age 65 next year lose €42 a week through having to claim jobseekers' benefit instead of the state pension, until they reach 66 years of age.
Delegate Kieran Allen said the move was "shocking" and suggested that the union withdraw its financial support of the Labour Party until Ms Burton changes her mind.
The state transition pension, which pays a state pension from age 65 to 66, is to be abolished from next January, effectively increasing the state pension age to 66.
It is estimated that 12,500 will be affected by the move.