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Government should agree to abolition of mandatory retirement for workers – Brady

4 May, 2017 - by John Brady TD

Sinn Féin spokesperson for Social Protection John Brady TD has urged the Government to step up and facilitate the passage of his Abolition of Mandatory Retirement Age Bill.

Speaking after the pre-Committee scrutiny stage of the Bill, the Wicklow TD said:

“Yesterday, I attended the Committee for Justice and Equality for the pre-Committee scrutiny of my Bill which seeks to abolish the mandatory retirement age.

“This Bill is about giving older people a choice when it comes to their retirement putting an end to age discrimination at work.

“The pension changes made by Fine Gael in 2012 have had and continue to have a detrimental impact on older people and this makes the passing of this Bill even more urgent.

 “The importance of this Bill should not be underestimated. There are people out there approaching retirement age who do not want to retire and are pinning their hopes on the timely passing of this Bill to become law.

“This Bill will now move to Committee Stage and I am urging Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil to facilitate the passage of this Bill without delay.

“I would encourage people out there who may be approaching retirement age and would prefer to remain at work to contact your local TD and ask them to move this Bill through the legislative process.

“The unanimous cross party support for the Bill so far is welcome and we now need that support to continue to move to the next stage as soon as possible.” 

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