Friday, 25 September 2009

Labour has let us down on ageism

The Labour government dragged its feet over legislating to meet the EU requirement to outlaw ageism in the workplace, and, as a High Court judgment has made clear, has done so inadequately.

There can be no objection to releasing workers on genuine grounds that they are no longer capable, but, as B&Q stores have shown, some people well over the traditional retiring age can still do a good job. A compulsory retirement age of 65 is arbitrary, unfair and an anachronism.

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