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Naming and shaming - getting rid of age prejudice : Comments

By Malcolm King, published 5/9/2011

Age prejudice hits young and old alike, as well as the economy.

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Age prejudice is a hangover from another era. Today's workplaces need muscles between the ears so its very strange they sack their most experienced workers or won't let young people on board as they have no experience.

A shrinking tax base means shrinking funds for welfare, even with a booming mining sector (which should really be put in to a sovereignty savings fund for the future).

I like the idea of naming and shaming so people can Google search companies who are backwards.
Posted by Cheryl, Monday, 5 September 2011 10:12:33 AM
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Thank you for acknowledging the age discrimination faced by young people, particularly graduates, ruled out due to lack of experience its pretty hard to get experience when no-one will give you a go! I faced nine months of knockbacks despite extensive volunteer experience. My eventual employer recognised the benefits of recent training and a desire to continue learning, I only hope other employers can see this too.
Posted by Rhiannon, Monday, 5 September 2011 10:53:28 AM
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There's no need for naming and shaming Cheryl. Since you believe that the aged are being undervalued in the market, you can fix the whole problem by employing them all yourself and make a huge profit - if your theory is correct. If it isn't, you'll go broke, and then there will have been no grounds for naming and shaming companies who didn't comply with your erroneous opinion, will there?
Posted by Peter Hume, Monday, 5 September 2011 1:20:35 PM
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Well I won't be employing some old fool around here.

Hell, I even have to occasionally employ someone to help me with some of my hobbies & chores from time to time.

Why on earth would I want another old fool to do that?
Posted by Hasbeen, Monday, 5 September 2011 2:15:32 PM
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Not 100 percent sure on where you're coming from Peter.

Why am I wrong to stick up for older workers and young people who are prejudiced against because they happen to be young or old?

Surely you fit or fitted in somewhere to these categories. Unless you were never young and were simply born cynical.

Age prejudice is one prejudice which has the potential to hit everyone.
Posted by Cheryl, Monday, 5 September 2011 2:27:52 PM
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D.O.M.E (Don't overlook mature expertise) is actually doing something about getting older people back into the workforce. They're based in Adelaide and Brisbane, a self-help organisation that's been around for over 20 years, they are invaluable and extremely effective, they helped me get 2 casual jobs in the mid-80s, just exactly what i needed at the time and what i was looking for. They probably gave up on Melbourne and Sydney probably sensing that they'd be much more effective in Adelaide and Brisbane. And a good thing govt bureaucrats aren't in charge - they just operate on the smell of an oily rag but - most importantly - they deliver! They're a national treasure, and I thank God they're still around!
Posted by SHRODE, Monday, 5 September 2011 3:05:31 PM
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