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Opportunity to give workers choice on their retirement – Brady

23 February, 2017 - by John Brady TD

Sinn Féin spokesperson for Social Protection John Brady TD and junior spokesperson Denise Mitchell TD have urged all TDs to support the Abolition of Mandatory Retirement Age Bill being debated this evening. 

Speaking ahead of the Dáil debate, Teachta Brady said:

“One of the greatest challenges facing us as a country is sustaining the State Pension into the future. We know that pensions are continually referred to as a ticking time bomb. 

“This Bill is about giving workers a choice when it comes to their retirement. That is the issue that TDs are being asked to vote on. 

“And if this Bill is passed, it will do much more than simply abolish mandatory retirement. This Bill will end the scandal of 65 year olds being forced onto Jobseekers payments. It will allow those that have not reached the necessary 520 contributions for the State Pension an opportunity to continue at work and avoid a reduced pension payment. 

“Financially from a Government perspective, workers continuing to pay into the Exchequer rather than receiving payments from it will save money.”

Teachta Denise Mitchell concluded: 

“Minister Varadkar, as recently as last month, announced his intentions to make mandatory retirement ages illegal. This Bill provides him with the perfect opportunity to honour that commitment and do this. 

“The abolition of mandatory retirement has been a long standing policy of Fianna Fáil’s and I urge them to support this Bill for the benefit of older workers.” 

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