Occupational Disability Reform Causing Friction in the Coalition
The Reform Party and Social Democrats, coalition partners in the current government, re not agreeing on how to proceed with occupational disability reform, and the junior coalition partner has come up with several amendments to the current bill.
The Parliament’s Committee for Social Affairs will hold a public session today over the issue with planned statements by the representative of the Estonian Chamber of Disabled People, the Minister of Social Welfare Helmen Kütt and Health and Labor Minister Urmas Kruuse.
The head of the committee Heljo Pikhof, a Social Democrat, told ETV on Monday that her party does not endorse the bill in its current form and will present a list of amendments.
The reform aims to engage more people with limited capacity for work - hoping to include in the labor market up to 15,000 people of the overall 100,000 people currently receiving pension for incapacity for work.
The daily Postimees reported today that the Reform Party, headed by former Minister of Social Affairs and current Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas, wishes to fast-track the reform, so it would come into force on July 1 next year, while the Social Democrats plan on consulting with interested parties and the methods of assessing capacity for work are still being developed in the ministry.