Ontario Federation of Labour

Ontario Federation of Labour

June 20, 2005 10:01 ET

LEGISLATION TO END MANDATORY RETIREMENT WILL CREATE

A SECOND CLASS STATUS FOR OLDER WORKERS, NEWS CONFERENCE, QUEEN'S PARK MEDIA STUDIO, QUEEN'S PARK, TORONTO - TUESDAY, JUNE 21, 2005 AT 10:00 A.M. Attention: Assignment Editor, Health/Medical Editor, Media Editor, News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor TORONTO--(CCNMatthews - June 20, 2005) - "The McGuinty government's attempt to end age discrimination in the workforce by eliminating mandatory retirement at aged 65 has totally backfired on older injured workers," said OFL president Wayne Samuelson.

"The legislation to end mandatory retirement that allows workers to continue after age 65 also denies older workers the benefits and protections of the Workplace Safety & Insurance Act," Samuelson said. "Employers can hire and injure older workers without having to provide them with the necessary compensation or the requirement to assist in their rehabilitation and reinstatement."

At the news conference:

Jacques Rochon, injured worker, 66 from Ottawa
Wayne Samuelson, president, Ontario Federation of Labour
Dave Wilkin, legal counsel, Industrial Accident Victims' Group of Ontario

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OFL Director of Organization Services
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Contact Information

  • Wayne Samuelson, OFL President
    Primary Phone: 416-571-7408