Government must open the door to older employees – Greens
The Australian Greens have called on the Government to prioritise plans to make the nation’s workforce more accessible to older employees.
Speaking in response to today’s Economic Potential of Senior Australians report, Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on Ageing said that planning for the future should become a key objective for the Government.
"The Government needs to start planning now to ensure adequate support and employment opportunities are created for older Australians," Senator Siewert said today.
"This needs to include an overhaul of our pensions and superannuation systems, making it easier for people to undertake appropriate work, including on a part time or seasonal basis, without jeopardising other forms of financial support.
"Employers need to realise the benefits of taking on older employees with experience and wisdom. There is no doubt that older workers can make significant contributions to the workplace.
"Age discrimination is already a serious issue, and our economy suffers as a result of losing skilled and experienced workers.
"The mindset of employers needs to change, and I am hopeful the Government will develop programs and undertake any necessary legislative reforms to make this a reality.
"The Ageing portfolio is now represented at the Cabinet table and as such I expect this issue to be a priority for the Government.
"I am hopeful that May’s budget will indicate the Government’s commitment to this issue and set the direction for future investment,” Senator Siewert concluded.
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