Sunday, August 22, 2004

Retire this!

A victory for liberty comes from the Liberals this time....but I'll gladly take liberty wherever it can be found.

Recent reporting by The Globe and Mail and many other fine news sources have pointed
out that mandatory retirement is set to be outlawed.

Mandatory retirement stinks of government meddling where they have no business to do so, to the detriment of seniors and to the benefit of big business.

Each company, individual and locality should be able to made individual decisions on retirement, not just shoving them all out at 65. Some people need to retire at 65 - but what about people who live to 100 in poverty and spend 35 years not working, 5 to 10 of which could have been seriously productive?

The implications for York are clear. A 66-year-old prof is more expensive to pay than a 30-year-old prof with no seniority.

Still, discrimination based on age is bad.
So we'll have older profs. Maybe that is a good thing - after all, tons of new course directors these days don't even have Ph.D.s. I'm not paying tuition to be taught by a 27-year-old with a Masters just because we forced out all the 65-year-olds.

Let them leave if they want, and stay if they want. Just give me qualified profs......


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