Debate rages over post-65 benefits

Union charges age discrimination
By Danielle Harder
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 05/26/2008

The debate over extending benefits to workers over the age of 65 is underway, even if demand is fairly muted.

The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) is embroiled in two labour disputes in Ontario in which the union is accusing employers of age discrimination for proposing to cut off benefits to workers over 65.

Municipal workers at the City of Kawartha Lakes have been on strike since early February, while public health inspectors, parent resource visitors and clerical support staff at the Oxford County Board of Health in Woodstock have given the union a strike mandate.