Increasing retirement ages will ensure the balance of the timeframe, the social insurance employees' payment, and the retirement or survivor pensions, the ministry said on Tuesday, citing calculations by the International Labor Organization that retirement and survivor funds will face overspending from 2023 in Vietnam.

To ensure the funds' sustainable operation without raising retirement ages, either employees and employers will have to pay bigger social insurance or employees will receive smaller retirement pensions.

However, lifting rates of social insurance employees' and employers' payments will increase financial burden for them and decrease business competitiveness, while slashing retirement benefits will negatively affect pensioners' life, said the ministry.

Draft amendments to the Labor Code, including proposed hike in retirement ages, are scheduled to be submitted to Vietnam's National Assembly, the country's top legislature, in 2019.

Xinhua Agency - January 16, 2018