Sunday 25 June 2017

It's absurd making people who are fit enough and want to work retire at 65

In Ireland today, people are living longer and have more years of healthy active living than previous generations enjoyed (Stock picture)
In Ireland today, people are living longer and have more years of healthy active living than previous generations enjoyed (Stock picture)

Willie O'Dea

Back in 2012, Fianna Fáil issued a policy document called 'Active Ageing and Quality Caring'. In that document we stated our belief that mandatory retirement must end.

Then senator Mary White published the Employment Equality (Amendment) Bill 2012 to give effect to that and we have now republished that bill, which is very simple and direct.

It provides that if an employee who has reached contractual retirement age claims to be fully fit for work their employment cannot be terminated for a year. Their fitness for work will be reviewed annually thereafter. Where a dispute arises between the employer and employee about the ability and fitness to work of the employee, the matter can be referred to the Workplace Relations Commission, whose decision is binding.

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