Industry guilty of age discrimination

August 14, 2006

More than a million older people cannot find work because companies are not prepared to invest in training or make minor adjustments for disabilities, the TUC has claimed.

In a report published yesterday, the union organisation said that industry and the government had to defuse the “demographic time bomb” of an ageing workforce being pushed out of jobs and on to benefits.

The study showed that more than one million unemployed people aged between 50 and 65 wanted a job. Only one in eight people in this age bracket who were not working had retired early and were classed as “affluent professionals”, while many were surviving on state support, said the report.

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