08 July 2009
Charity director calls for end to default retirement age
The director of a UK charity has claimed that the country's default retirement age is fuelling the difficulties being faced by older workers.
Writing in Personnel Today, Michelle Mitchell of Age Concern and Help the Aged called on the government to use the new Equality Bill to address the issue.
She said: "The bill - which we strongly support - will at last place ageism on the same footing as other forms of discrimination."
Ms Mitchell added that it will deliver "significant benefits" to older people.
However, the legislation must go further and end forced retirement.
According to the expert, allowing employers to make workers retire at 65 is "completely at odds" with the government's aims of extending working lives and promoting a positive vision for the ageing population.
Help the Aged joined forces with the four national Age Concerns in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland in April this year.