03 October 2008
Legal battle against UK retirement laws will go on, charity says
Despite suffering a recent setback, the legal battle against the UK's mandatory retirement age will continue.
This is according to Heyday, the campaigning arm of charity Age Concern which launched the test case.
The organisation claims that laws which enable employers in Britain to force their workers to retire at or beyond the age of 65 without compensation breach a European Union equality directive.
Recently, however, an advocate-general at the European Court of Justice (ECJ) made an initial ruling against Heyday, saying that UK retirement rules are justified in the context of national law.
Judges as the ECJ are due to make their ruling on the issue in December.
Ailsa Ogilvie, director of Heyday, stated: "Unfortunately, many of the recent media reports have misinterpreted the legal nuances of the Heyday case.
"The fact is that we still have a strong case and we will fight on for the millions of older workers in the UK."
Meanwhile, the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development recently spoke out against mandatory retirement laws, saying their days are numbered.