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From the conference Competence 50+ 2007 in Gothenburg, Sweden.

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  • To begin, I would like to thank the organisers of this conference for inviting the ILO to contribute to this informative event. By way of introduction I will briefly let you know about the work of our department. I work for the ILO in the Conditions of Work and Employment Programme. Our programme addresses a number of work conditions and employment issues. The main focus of our work is on working time, work organisation, wages & incomes, policies for work-family balance and maternity, among others. We also do some work on other workplace issues such as harassment and stress at work. Some of these issues are important when considering the conditions of work and employment for older workers, and in addition to age discrimination legislation, the research I am conducting and tools being developed for ILO constituents are based on these issues.
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    • 1. Conditions of Work & Employment for Older Workers: Understanding the Issues Naj Ghosheh Conditions of Work and Employment Programme International Labour Organisation Geneva, Switzerland
    • 2. Why the Concern About Older Workers?
      • Increased Life Expectancies
      • Changing Demographics in National Populations
      • Reconsidering Work & Retirement for Baby Boom & Future Generations
    • 3. Who Are Older Workers?
      • Current Definition “Older Worker”:
      • - Those in the age group preceding the age of entitlement to retirement pension (normally 55-64 years of age)
      • Need for an Expansive Definition to Account for Socio-Economic Realities :
      • - 45 years of age and above
    • 4. The “Silver” Labour Force
      • LMP still quite high for 55-64 age segment
      • More women working accounts for these high rates
    • 5. Issues Facing Older Workers in the Labour Market
      • Employers view them as expensive
      • Social Actors contributed to “pushing” older workers from labour market
      • “ Push” contributes to institutional age discrimination
      • Need to create incentives for older workers
    • 6. The ILO Response: An Equality Rights Based Approach
      • Grounded in the respect for rights & dignity of the individual
      • Regardless of age working people should have a set of alternatives to choose from to pursue their own version of “a good life”
    • 7. Equality Approach in Practice: ILO Older Workers Recommendation (No. 162, 1980)
      • National level social partners in the development of social policy and legislation should try to ensure decent conditions of work and employment with regard to older workers in the labour market
      • These Include :
      • Age Discrimination Legislation
      • Work Organisation & Working Time
      • Reconciling Work & Family Life
      • Work & Retirement Strategies
    • 8. Age Discrimination Legislation
      • Key Component of an Equality Approach
      • Important for protecting older workers in employment & those looking for work
      • ADL is composed of several key points
      • EU Council Directive 2000/78/EC is an example of legislation that will profoundly impact older workers in EU Member States
    • 9. Working Organisation& Working Time
      • Work organisation and working time can play vital roles in the productivity of older workers
      • Improved workplace conditions (e.g. ergonomic workstations) can encourage older workers to work longer
      • Amount and when working time is scheduled can be important for older workers
    • 10. Forgotten Topic: Work & Family Concerns for Older Workers
      • Myth: Older Workers do not have family responsibilities
      • Changes in family structure impact on older workers
      • Never-ending story: Women providing family care
      • Work-family policies are important for all older workers
    • 11. Work & Pre-Retirement Strategies
      • Retirement strategies: Neglected but useful for both older worker & employer
      • Mechanisms for Pre-Retirement : Different Levels & Different Actors
      • Mechanisms for Pre-Retirement :
        • Gradual or Phased Retirement
        • Pre-Retirement Leave
        • Pre-Retirement Preparation Programmes
    • 12. Conclusion
      • Not suggesting work until death, but decent conditions of work and employment for those who choose to or must remain in work
      • Application of the Equality Approach & usage of the ILO Older Worker Recommendation
      • Decent conditions of work & employment for older workers is also meant to help ensure decent and dignified retirement after work