Senator Reilly welcomes Council decision on retirement age of outdoor staff
Senator Kathryn Reilly has welcomed the decision of Cavan County Council to extend the opportunity to all outdoor staff due to retire in 2016 on reaching age 65, to remain in employment beyond their 65th birthday and up to age 66.
Senator Reilly said:
“I welcome the decision of Cavan County Council to extend the opportunity to all outdoor staff due to retire in 2016 on reaching age 65,to remain in employment beyond their 65th birthday and up to age 66.
“While some people will want to retire at the age of 65, or whatever the current retirement age is, others will want to continue to work, and they should have the choice. People should not be forced to retire, nor should they be forced to stay longer than they should.
“I have received many calls from people in the public and private sector whose contracts expire when they reach the age of 65 and who are not allowed to continue to work, even if they want to. As in many situations, they have no choice but to sign on, given that they will not receive their pensions until the age of 66.
“They receive jobseeker's benefit for nine months and then receive social welfare for a period, which is not right. It is not right that people who are aged 65, 66 or even 70 or 75 who are in very good health and do a very good job, are forced to leave their jobs due to an arbitrary age limit.
“This announcement represents one small step to allow those who want to continue work to do so - people who are of a certain age but who are capable of contributing further to the workforce and to Cavan County Council in this instance.”