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Retirement age ruling 'bad news for older workers'

Retirement age ruling 'bad news for older workers'

The recent high court ruling in favour of the UK's mandatory retirement age laws has been described as bad news for older workers.

Last week, Mr Justice Blake decided that current laws which permit employers to force people over the age of 65 to leave their jobs comply with a European Commission directive against age discrimination.

The judgement was the culmination of a legal battle brought by Age Concern and Help the Aged, which consider the legislation governing the retirement age in this country to be discriminatory.

Responding to Mr Justice Blake's decision, Brendan Barber, general secretary of the Trades Union Congress, said it comes as a "blow" to people who intend to work beyond 65.

He went on to say: "It will allow employers to go on using an arbitrary retirement age as an excuse to weed out staff without having any obligation to compensate them or use fair processes."