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CSP calls for research into impact of working longer

22 May 2015 - 12:37pm

Trades unions need to campaign for proper research into the impact of working longer on women and disabled people in particular, according to physiotherapist Fiona Hall.

Physiotherapist Fiona Hall

Fiona Hall said younger colleagues expected to be working until 70 years of age. Photo: Rod Leon

The increased state pension age means that employees will be obliged to work into their late 60s or even longer before they can afford to retire, she told the TUC disabled workers’ conference taking place in London.

Speaking on a CSP motion she said that most of her younger colleagues expected to be working until they are 70. She told delegates that physiotherapy was physically exacting. Those working in paediatrics, or with older people or patients who were obese were concerned that they may not be fit for work in their late 60s.

‘Many physios incur injuries, including high rates among those working with musculoskeletal outpatients, in neurological rehab, and in elderly care,’ she said. ‘Most continue to work, but are more likely to need to retire early.

‘I am an active member of a group of visually impaired physios, and some of our members have degenerative eye conditions which may mean they will find it increasingly difficult to stay in full-time employment as they enter their 60s and 70s.’

The CSP motion called on unions to campaign for research into the effects of working longer on disabled people and women.

It also wanted pension payments to be inflation-proofed and to see no further rises in state pension age.

It was carried unanimously.

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