Friday, April 13, 2007

Deskilling of another kind!

Employers who seek cheaper labour options appear to be on the increase.
See the latest example below:

"The recent firing of 3,400 senior staff at Circuit City in the United States to make way for younger, cheaper employees and, now, the suggestion by Canadian National Railway Co. that its older employees are rigid, pension-focused and responsible for the company's labour problems have raised alarms among advocates for 'mature' workers.

The electronics retailer Circuit City, for instance, announced this month that it was firing its better-paid employees -- not because they were doing a poor job, but because their wages were above the national average for retail jobs.

The company, which announced plans to replace the discarded employees with 3,400 new employees at lower pay, now faces an age discrimination law suit in the U.S."

Source: Globe and Mail, April 13, 2007
Alarm raised on attitudes toward older workers
CN, Circuit City cited as latest examples of employer bias against aging work force


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