14 January 2009
Older workers most at risk of redundancy, charity says
Older workers in the UK are the demographic most at risk of being made redundant, a charity has claimed.
According to Age Concern, such people are subject to discrimination when it comes to job losses.
Director-general of the organisation Gordon Lishman said: "Older workers face not only being the age group most at risk of redundancy, but are threatened by forced retirement and once out of work, face a far greater struggle to find employment due to ageist attitudes in the workplace."
He added that the government should also "urgently" get rid of mandatory retirement ages so that people who want and need to continue working can do so.
Mr Lishman made his comments after a recent jobs summit.
Involving business leaders, trade unionists and government ministers, the event was organised so that the issue of how the current surge in job losses can be prevented from turning into long-term employment could be discussed.