02 July 2009
Compulsory retirement is "pure discrimination"
Retiring a worker at the age of 65 on the basis of current employment laws is discriminatory, it has been claimed.
Currently, organisations have the right to force most workers to retire at the age of 65, whether they want to give up work or not.
Commenting on the situation, independent pensions expert Ros Altmann said: "Why should it be acceptable to get rid of someone at 65? It is pure discrimination."
Meanwhile, plans are currently being drawn up by the cross-party Commons Work and Pensions Committee involving provisions for the compulsory retirement age to be scrapped.
In a report, the committee suggests that enforced retirement at 65 for workers who remain in good health is making the UK's pension crisis worse.
Its Labour chairman, Terry Rooney, said that the government must face up to the fact that the current system is both discriminatory and acts as a drain on the public finances.
Appointed by the House of Commons, the Work and Pensions Committee exists to examine the expenditure, administration and policy of the Department for Work and Pensions.