Monday, 13 July 2009

AN END TO FORCED RETIREMENT AT 65

PRESS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – 13th July 2009 - 27 Audley Avenue, Tonbridge, Kent TN9 1XF - www.kentgreenparty.org 0845 257 4236 – 01732 355185 – Mobile: 079444 71083

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AN END TO FORCED RETIREMENT AT 65

Kent Green Party has launched a new campaign calling upon employers to stop using a fixed retirement age of 65. Every year, Kent and Medway loses thousands of able-bodied people to retirement. Dr Hazel Dawe, Chair of Kent Green Party, comments:

“A recession should mean sharing out the work which is available. Instead, young people have limited access to employment and many people are forced into redundancy – some never to work again. But the real scandal – a self-inflicted attack upon useful employment – is that UK employers are still generally retiring people at 65 regardless of their abilities, health or willingness to continue working.

“I am very glad to see the European Court of Justice has challenged the UK Government to provide a policy reason why people should be retired at 65. The Court believes that age alone cannot be a reason for retirement. Local Government in Kent would grind to a halt if all the councillors aged over 65 were forced to retire. Similarly Westminster MPs have no fixed retirement age. Why should it be one rule for politicians and another for employees?

“We will not know the real potential of people in this country until we ensure an end to a fixed retirement age, and a guarantee of paid access to training or education - rather than unemployment - for all. At the moment, Government policy is holding the UK back – denying skills and experience to both public and private sector employers. We commend those employers who actively recruit people aged over 65 already – but the rest must now follow.” Ends c 259 words

FURTHER INFORMATION: Dr Hazel Dawe, Chair, Kent Green Party – 01732 355185 or mobile: 079444 71083. Contact address as above.

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