Spoof retirement letters sent to MPs by Employers Forum on Age

MPs have received spoof retirement letters as the Employers Forum on Age (EFA) ramps up its campaign to scrap the default retirement age.

The format replicates the standard notice of retirement that thousands of UK workers receive when they reach 65 – regardless of whether they wish to cease employment or not.

The letters were timed to coincide with the European Court of Justice hearing of the Heyday challenge to the UK’s mandatory retirement age.

Voters permitting, MPs currently have the luxury of deciding at what age they step down.

EFA director Catharine Pusey said workers wanted more choice about how and when they leave work.

“The EFA believes the government should commit to removing the default retirement age in 2011, and not simply to a review, to provide clarity for employers and employees, and give employers several years to prepare,” she said.

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