Parliament passed a Fidesz constitutional amendment motion that will effectively end early retirement for men in Hungary, on Monday afternoon.
The amendment is primarily intended to send back to work retired law enforcement officers under 57 as well as those under 62 who are claiming invalidity benefits, but will not cut the preferential pensions of women, miners, chemists and artists.
Preferential pensions will be reduced and re-categorised as welfare benefits.
The House voted on the proposal jointly submitted by János Lázár, István Balsai and Márta Talabér in a roll call vote, at the request of the Socialist Party.
Independent MP Lajos Posze was the only non-governing MP to support the motion.
Before the vote Socialist politician Tamás Harangozó had noted that if Parliament revokes early retirement, then talks between the law enforcement unions and the cabinet will be rendered pointless.
The Socialist Party declared its solidarity with the law enforcement unions and invited them to consultations to jointly formulate the basic principles that the Socialists could represent if they regain power.
Jobbik said before the vote that it would appeal to the Constitutional Court on account of discrimination if law enforcement employees are deprived of their pensions.