For those who haven’t read about it, solicitor Leslie Seldon lost his appeal against his employer’s decision to force him to retire at 65. The ruling means that employers can choose to force staff to retire on a case-by-case basis.It’s bonkers. Some people think that retiring staff at 65 encourages younger employers up the career ladder. That’s just plain ridiculous. Younger workers need more experienced employees to help them learn. Twenty per cent of Pimlico’s workforce is over 55 – some are even in their eighties – and they are well-respected by other staff and customers. Take Eric Headley for example. Eric is 75-years-old and helps run our transport fleet at Pimlico Plumbers. This guy’s knowledge and experience would see him breeze through to the final question on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. Everyone in my business looks up to Eric and you will always find one of our team listening intently to what he has to say. The support he gives colleagues is above and beyond his job description but it’s part of his character – and a trait that so many older workers possess. What they can teach new employees about attitude and commitment is worth more than anything you’ll find in a training manual. We’ve never enforced compulsory retirement, and have been telling people for years how crazy it is to chuck them on the human scrap heap just for being a certain age. People should be hired and fired based on their skills and competency, not their age. Idiots should be booted out straight away – and I would start with the Appeal Court judges responsible for this ludicrous decision.
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