Don't cut workers' benefits upon re-employment

I believe many seniors like myself are glad to hear that the re-employment age cap will be raised and that the legal provision allowing firms to cut the wages of workers who turn 60 will be removed ("Re-employment age cap up from July 2017"; last Saturday).

Our Government could also consider the areas of health benefits and leave entitlement for older workers.

In the civil service, once workers reach 62, their health benefits and leave entitlements are removed and reset to "new worker" entitlements.

This is regressive, as seniors would need at least the same benefits for their ageing years.

The Government should set an example and remove this rule from the civil service.

It would be a better, fairer, more inclusive and progressive way to embrace seniors within the social fabric and in the economy.

Hong Geok Hua

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 13, 2016, with the headline 'Don't cut workers' benefits upon re-employment'. Print Edition | Subscribe