31st March 2014 –
Swann welcomes move to boost older workers
Robin Swann speaking at the event in Stormont to launch a report supporting the rights of older workers.
Mr Robin Swann, the North Antrim Ulster Unionist Party Assembly Member and Chairman of the Stormont Committee for Employment and Learning, has “warmly welcomed a very intelligent blueprint” supporting older workers in the workplace as “a very constructive way forward to maximise the skills and expertise in our society”.
Assemblyman Swann, who is also UUP Chief Whip, issued his call as the Commissioner for Older People for Northern Ireland unveiled the report, ‘Working Longer in Northern Ireland.’
Mr Swann said: “The report is a positive step forward in ensuring that Northern Ireland is in the best position to deal with a changing population, and to ensure that older workers are valued and supported in the workplace.
“The findings in this report challenge assumptions that older workers are somehow less effective than their younger colleagues, with the facts turning this myth on its head.
“The fact that an increased number of older people in the workforce could actually enhance economic output is a strong rebuttal of ageist attitudes which often dominate the conversation around older people in the workplace.”
Speaking at the launch of the report in Stormont, Mr Swann reassured the Commissioner that the Employment and Learning Committee would take this report under its consideration and would welcome a formal presentation of its findings to the Committee.
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