Hu Xiaoyi, deputy head of the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security, has denied that planned changes to the retirement age will start with either civil servants or those engaged in heavy physical labor, Xinhua news agency reported Thursday. Hu said earlier this week that postponing the retirement age must go on the government agenda. This prompted netizens to speculate that laborers engaged in heavy work would be retired at a later date, and government officials would delay their own retirement to benefit more from their posts. But Hu said: “This is mere speculation. The plan is being drafted and has not been finalized. I have never heard of any such proposals.” The retirement age in China is 60 for men and 55 or 50 for women, but for heavy laborers or those doing dangerous work, men can retire at 55 and women at 45, the report said.
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