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Ageing workers: Old and in the way?

Older workers and generational battle lines in the workplace

As populations in developed economies continue to age due to longer life expectancies and lower birth rates, what will be the impact on the workplace? Is there a place for positive age discrimination at a time of high youth unemployment, or should the rights of all workers – regardless of their years – be respected? And to what extent do economics, culture and individual aspiration play into how societies decide how long one can or should work?

Industrial relations and elder law expert Professor Mia Rönnmar, from Lund University, joins host Lynne Haultain for an international perspective on the place and plight of older workers in the workforce.

Full transcript and more information available here.


Mia Rönnmar specialises in Swedish, comparative and EU labour law and employment relations, and applies interdisciplinary approaches to labour law research. Mia is Dean and Professor of Private Law at Lund University in Sweden. She is also the President-Elect of the International Labour and Employment Relations Association (ILERA), and has conducted expert work for international organisations (e.g. the European Commission and the ILO) and for national governments, authorities and social partners.

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