The age of retirement in the public sector is being raised

The age of retirement in the public sector is being raised

The age of retirement in the public sector is being raised

"Compulsory retirement for public servants has been mandatory at 65 for decades and Fine Gael's common sense and pragmatic approach will see a major shift in this policy for good". The cut-off point for compulsory retirement is now 65.

The advocacy group for older people, Age Action argued on Wednesday that the many thousands of workers in the private sector who will not benefit the public service reforms announced by the Government can not be left behind.

However the Government's new reforms for the public service has already led to questions about what it plans to do about workers in the private sector.

He said the extension has to be agreed between employee and employer.

However, he insisted this cost would be partially offset by the fact that the pension lump sums would be deferred for longer. "They have the option to work longer".

Mr Donohoe said he expected the change would have minimal impact on promotional prospects as the state was now recruiting more workers.

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"However, there are many thousands of older workers in the private sector who will not benefit from today's changes".

"Legislation is now stuck in the Oireachtas that would abolish mandatory retirement clauses, including in the private sector, and we would like to see the Government enable that Bill to move forward".

Head of advocacy and communications with Age Action Justin Moran said the Government had increased the State pension age to 66 and therefore had an "impetus" not to leave the private sector behind.

"By comprehensively addressing compulsory retirement, it also allows a large group of people overcome the current anomaly of not being able to receive their state pension until a year after retirement".

He said the measure will allow people to continue working, if that is what they want to do.

But private sector workers who are forced to retire at 65 - most of whom do not have occupational pensions - will still have to rely on social welfare until they can draw the State pension.

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