The Ministerial Committee on Advancing the Status of Women decided, on Monday, to demand that Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz not make any decision on raising the retirement age of women from 62 to 67 without reading the full report of the committee named to study the issue and the holding of a comprehensive public hearing on the matter. The ministers also decided to advance legislation that would automatically raise the retirement age to 64 at the end of the year. Committee Chairwoman Limor Livnat and others complained about the disproportionate number of men on the committee that recommended last week that the retirement age for women be raised gradually to 67.
Earlier, Industry , Commerce and Labor Minister Shalom Simchon told representatives of women's groups that his ministry should be the body to examine the issue. He noted that more women will be working in the coming years because of dramatic developments in the hareidi and minority sectors.