Full steam ahead for the over 65s
January 13, 2011 Leave a comment
Thank goodness the government hasn’t backed down in the face of industry whining of “too soon/too difficult” and decided to delay abolition of the default retirement age.
This week’s BBC age discrimination tribunal decision has underlined the fact that employers must now start putting some interest and enthusiasm into tackling the issues surrounding older workers if they too are not to find themselves facing claims.
How good it would be if in ten years’ time we have left age stereotyping and discrimination far, far behind us. Unfortunately, looking at how long it has taken women to make insufficient progress in the workplace, such a wish is probably ridiculously unrealistic.
The difference between the two scenarios however, is that unless you die first, everyone gets old. The attitudes younger people adopt today may someday either help or hinder their own aspirations and position.