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Staff as young as 45 facing age discrimination: Study

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HC Online | 28 Apr 2017, 11:22 AM Agree 0
Older workers are feeling subtle pressure from their colleagues and management to make way for younger generations
  • Sad for the PS | 28 Apr 2017, 01:17 PM Agree 0
    I think calling the pressure subtle is understating the issue when the most obvious leaders in our community, the Premier and Treasurer of the State, make comments like this to the morning newspaper " Mr McGowan also flagged plans to identify and realise $750 million in savings in the public sector as part of a “service priority review”. In the days leading up to the State Election last month, Mr Wyatt would not put a figure on job losses. He noted WA’s public service was older than other public services around the country and there was an opportunity to “recalibrate that age”. (The West Australian 28 April 2017)

    The ability to deliver required services, knowledge and experience or the usual set of reasons that businesses restructure appear not to matter. The pressure for older workers (and Mr Wyatt has not indicated what the magic age may be) to leave their jobs is clear and very heavy handed. Tied with changes to the employment regulations that allow the WA state government to implement forced redundancy I would think that those in the sights of the Treasurer would feel very pressured.

    As HR practitioners we seek to achieve diversity and non discrimination in the workplace, we propose strategies to build engagement and commitment from our people and then we have leaders destroying the trust and core values that have been built up over years of work.

    I accept that an assessment of services and the manner/structures in which they are delivered is necessary. The focus on the age of the public service is not consistent with that strategy and will only cause widespread concern and anger amongst those that have over many years delivered productive service to the community of WA.
  • 56 and proud of it | 28 Apr 2017, 05:07 PM Agree 0
    Age discrimination is definitely alive and kicking. After being made redundant at 52 I struggled to find another role. One recruitment company who specialise in HR recruiting told me on the side that whilst she sympathised with my need to work she recommended I change careers as I was much too old for HR and companies are looking more around the 30 - 35 year age bracket for this type of role. I had 17 years experience that was worth nothing. I was astounded. As an HR specialist I have NEVER discriminated during interviews and I stand by the fact that everyone is entitled to work.
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