The new government must prioritize good conditions for seniors on the labor market

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It is always a pleasure to experience that older people are willing to take a stab at the labor market, even after they have reached retirement age, and fortunately there are quite a few who do. But Berlingske gave in the article on November 18 a number of excellent examples of seniors who have chosen to stay in the labor market, and as 75-year-old Carsten Jokinen emphasizes, you should stay in the job, “as long as you have a good feeling.”

The fact that seniors are still working should speak right into the notion of the gray gold, but all too often we unfortunately experience that even 50-year-olds are chosen because of their age in a youth-fixated labor market, where HR consultants’ notion of new employees is in a field both unimaginative and narrow. But here it will be a long, tough move if the performances are to change. Here we are talking about the seniors who have reached retirement age.

When 35 percent of the Danish Master’s Association members declare in a survey that they would like to work after retirement age, if a number of reasonable requirements regarding the working environment and flexibility are met, there is not much else to say to companies and institutions, other than that they must start creating these frameworks. But I would also like to see a future government take an active role when it comes to creating these frameworks that make it attractive to keep seniors on the labor market.

Sometimes it can be tiring to have to listen to the debate about missing hands, when you know that there are plenty of hands – and heads – that still want to make an effort through their labor power. Give them a chance with proper terms. Then it should all work itself out. Once the companies open their eyes to the many things that experienced labor with lots of kilometers on the counter can contribute, they don’t want to get rid of them at all.

Pia Kjærsgaard, MF, spokesperson for social affairs and the elderly, Danish People’s Party

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