TUC calls on employers not to disregard baby boomers

17-08-2006

TUC calls on employers not to disregard baby boomers
The Trades Union Congress (TUC) has called on bosses to remember the baby boombers when hiring.

The workers body said that over a million 50-65 year olds can't get work because firms will not employ older workers or will not help retain those they already employ by giving extra training.

Of the 2.6 million 50-65 year olds who are not working, only 12 per cent fit the description of affluent, early retired professionals. Only a third said they retired voluntarily and many rely on poor occupational pensions or incapacity benefit from the state.

TUC Deputy general secretary Frances O'Grady said: "Most baby boomers are not retiring early to cruise around the world or go bungee jumping. They have been dumped out of work and on to the scrapheap and are scraping by on benefits or small work pensions.

She added that employers who refuse to take on older staff are "accelerating the demographic timebomb".

"Companies need to ditch tired stereotypes of fifty and sixty-somethings and develop 'age management' policies which capitalise on the value of experienced staff by offering retraining and flexible working, and making minor changes for people with disabilities," said Ms O'Grady.



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