Older workers ‘subject to discrimination’

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Older workers are experiencing discrimination in the employment market, the findings of a recent study indicate.

A survey of MPs conducted by The Age and Employment Network (TAEN) found that, of those questioned, 60 per cent reported that their constituents had raised issues with them concerning direct or indirect discrimination.

Meanwhile, 39 per cent of MPs said they were aware of barriers facing older people who would like to work, such as forced retirement and a lack of access to training.

"This survey of MPs suggests that older workers’ needs are not being addressed and their potential contribution to the local economy is not properly understood or valued," stated Paul Cann, director of policy and external relations at Help the Aged.

He added that this is a waste of potential talent and wisdom.

Established in 1998, TAEN aims to promote an employment market that serves the needs of older people, as well as employers and the economy.

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