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WANDSWORTH LBC IN RETIREMENT AGE BATTLE

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Wandsworth LBC is at the centre of a row over bus drivers aged over 65 who are challenging the council's right to a...
Wandsworth LBC is at the centre of a row over bus drivers aged over 65 who are challenging the council's right to ask them to retire, the South London Press reports (p1).

Four drivers, aged between 65 and 70, say they were told to retire in March but they claim the council is breaching its own policy and are suing for unfair dismissal and age discrimination, among other charges, demanding around£50,000 each in damages, the paper reports.

The men were taken on in September 1996 after the council won the school bus contract from Serviceteam. A spokesman for the council said its policy was the same as Serviceteam's - retirement at the age of 65.

Solicitor for the four men, Lawrence Davis, said, although the retirement age at Serviceteam was 65, the custom and practice was to allow drivers to work until 75.
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