Wednesday, January 24, 2007
Now they want people to retire at 55
The next step of the Interim guys in Fiji is to reduce the size of the civil service so they want to make civil servants retire at 55. At present it is 60. There's one good reason in my mind regarding teachers, and that is to give the new graduates a chance to get a job. But on the other hand some teachers, nurses, doctors, administrators at 55 are still doing an excellent job.
Okay, if people want to retire at 55 (and perhaps they do get a small - or - large pension) but some people love their job, and also have on-going financial obligations so that to retire makes their whole life difficult.
Of course some might want to sit and watch the sun rise and the sun set each day as they order round the young ones to do their fetching and carrying!
It is good to change direction about that age - take on voluntary work, community work, farming or gardening, art or music, go back to tertiary studies, or even activism. I'm sure that some of the outspoken men and women in Fiji are near or past 55!
Of course it makes some positions in Fiji look a little odd if 55 is considered your use-by date for a job. Hmmm. The office of the President comes to mind!