Over 50s 'must be protected from forced retirement'

The Trades Union Congress (TUC) has called for greater support to be provided for over 50s who are struggling to either find or retain employment during the downturn.

A new report from the body has revealed that many older workers are being forced out of jobs in order to make room for younger employees, which is often leaving them with insufficient retirement finance and limited future employment prospects.

TUC general secretary Brendan Barber described the practice as "morally offensive" and called on the government to provide more support for older workers, as they often possess skills and experience which younger people may lack.

He said: "The government must introduce tailored support for older people to prevent them being forced into retirement against their will and face old age in poverty."

This comes after the Employers Forum on Age last week suggested that many over 50s are facing discrimination from businesses due to their age and are being turned away from jobs for which they would otherwise be qualified.

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