Should older workers be forced to retire?
Chief constables from two police forces have been given approval to order their officers to retire as part of cost-cutting measures. Should people be forced to retire even if they don't want to?
Police need to cut wage bills to find savings demanded by the government. Fully-sworn officers cannot be made redundant because they are Crown servants and not employees.
Under the regulations, officers can be "required to retire" if their retention would "not be in the general interests of efficiency". But it has been little used in the past and is likely to be strongly resisted by organisations representing police officers.
How would you feel if your boss ordered you to retire? Are you a serving police officer approaching retirement? Is asking older staff to retire an effective way to make cost savings? Are there any advantages to forced retirement?
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