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Census discriminates against older workers

Published 05/01/2016


Age Action has criticised ageist restrictions that bar anyone over the age of 70 from applying to be a census enumerator.

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Justin Moran, Head of Advocacy and Communications at Age Action, said: “We’ve received a number of calls today from members of the public, including experienced census enumerators who worked on the 2011 census, who have been told they are unable to apply for jobs with this year’s census.”

The CSO’s position is that the Public Service Pension Act 2012 bars anyone over the age of 70 from joining the public service pension scheme and so refuses to accept applications from older workers. 

Justin Moran continued: “These are 10-week contracts. No one is going to be on a public service pension when the census is complete. 

“Pension contributions docked from the pay of census workers are returned to them when their contract is ends. 

“We would strongly urge the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform and the CSO to try to find a solution that treats older applicants like anyone else.

“If the Government is serious about eliminating age discrimination, valuing the experience of all workers and promoting positive ageing, it should be ensuring that roles like these are open to older people.”


Age Action Ireland to benefit from Gas Networks Ireland Survey

Gas Networks Ireland is raising money for Age Action. If you've recently called their contact centre or had work done by them, you might receive a text from Gas Networks asking for your feedback. For every response received, they'll donate €2 to Age Action. There is no obligation to participate.

How It Works - If you've had contact with Gas Networks Ireland service centre or had work carried out by them, you may receive a message from Marie Lyster, their Customer Experience Manager. This message is an invitation to share your feedback. 

By providing feedback – only if you choose to – you'll be supporting Age Action Ireland. For every piece of feedback received, Gas Networks Ireland will donate €2 to our organisation. This contribution can support our efforts to improve the lives of older people in Ireland.You won't be asked for any bank details or money. Gas Networks Ireland is handling all the donations.

If you would rather not get these texts, just let them know and you won’t be included.  If you are over 65yrs old, you can contact them directly on their Age-Friendly service.  See their contact details here.

For Corporate Clients- Please note that Gas Networks donate €50 for each qualitative interview their commercial customers take part in.

Details on Gas networks customer surveys is available here.

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