Charity carers claim they are being sacked because of their age
PUBLISHED: 10:00 02 December 2010
CARE home workers claim they are being ‘kicked out’ of their jobs – because they are too old.
The pensioners claim their former employer, charity Brandon Trust, is getting rid of them before new legislation comes into power next year allowing 65-year-olds to work freely.
The trust, which supports people with learning disabilities, says it is only abiding by current UK law.
The Government is set to start removing the default age for retirement in April next year – allowing pensioners the legal right to work on past 65.
Kay Wall and Deborah Leeson, both 65, used to work at the trust’s home in Walliscote Road, Weston, but left on Saturday (Nov 27) after completing a six month-long notice period.
Senior support worker Mrs Wall, of Stovey Road, Yatton, and had worked at the home for 17 years, said: “We felt really let down when they told us in a meeting six months ago, although we knew what they were going to say before the meeting.
“They said letting us go would allow them to free up jobs for people who have been displaced from other jobs.
“We all feel quite cross about it, because we feel that we were good at our jobs and could have carried on doing them well.”
Mrs Leeson, of Colerdige Road, Weston, who had worked for the trust for six years, said: “I was very unhappy when they told us. I didn’t miss a single day off work there, and we both worked very hard, so it’s really unfair that just because we’re 65 we’ve been told to go.” A current Weston worker, who asked not to be named, said: “It just feels like we’re being hastily kicked out before the laws change to allow people to freely work on to save money.
“It used to be that Brandon would employ people after 65, but that’s obviously changed.
“It will have an extremely negative effect on the home because the real losers will be the people who live there. People in the trust are absolutely appalled by it.”
A spokesman for the trust, which operates two other homes in Weston and recently closed another in Ellenborough Park Road, said: “At the present time we and lots of other organisations are acting perfectly legitimately within the current law.
“The law’s going to change, and when it does, Brandon Trust will obviously abide by the law.
“We haven’t made people leave just because they are old. We’re talking about what is changing in human resources law, and we will change as well.”