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Move towards choice at retirement welcome but limited – Brady

6 December, 2017 - by John Brady TD

Sinn Féin spokesperson for Employment Affairs & Social Protection John Brady TD has welcomed moves towards choice at retirement albeit limited to the public service.

Speaking this morning, Teachta Brady said:

“I welcome the increase in mandatory retirement age for public servants from 65 to 70 for those who wish to work beyond 65 if they so wish. However, it is important to recognise that this change is selective only applying to public servants and not those in the private sector.

“This change allows for the continuation of mandatory retirement when what we actually need is the abolition of mandatory retirement throughout the workforce be that public or private.

“It is well recognised that people are living longer and this must be reflected in employment law. No person should be forced to retire for simply reaching the age of 65 no matter what sector they work in.

“Last February, Sinn Féin’s Bill to abolish mandatory retirement was passed unanimously in the Dáil and I await its progress to Committee Stage. This Bill relates to all workers and will end mandatory retirement.

“We cannot continue to pit workers against each other when it comes to retirement and pensions. We need to have equality for all of our workers and where people are in a position to remain at work; if that is their wish, they should be allowed to remain at work.” 

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