I do you will learn nothing by saying to you that our elders have been hit by the crisis of the COVID-19. You will think immediately to deaths in NURSING homes and their health conditions.
Unfortunately, some of them are among the great forgotten. I have in mind the persons age 65 and older for whom return to work is too risky.
For thousands of them, the current situation is thus tantamount to forced retirement, with the financial consequences that ensue.
In 2019, approximately 7400 Quebeckers aged 65 years and over were employed in the sector of the restoration.
In retail, there were 24 500 of them.
As for the other services, there were 16 250.
We speak, therefore, potentially 48 150 workers who may not be able to return to work safely and whose employment does not lend itself very well to remote work.
Think about it… It is more of the world that our target of immigration !
And it’s a big minimum. I would have been able to add the seniors working in the culture or in the real estate. The account would increase by the tens of thousands.
What to do ?
I am concerned about these seniors, become involuntarily retired, because the COVID-19 risk of pushing many toward poverty or financial insecurity.
Some had to continue to work for a few years and were in need of this income. There are still a few months, they sang the apple for they remain active on the labour market. And not just about.
In the budget of the minister Éric Girard, which date from mid-march, it is planned to invest $ 1.7 billion over five years for the 60 years and older, lengthen their career.
The tax credits were particularly generous to lower earners, many working in the services sector. They sent a strong signal.
Should we now offer special assistance to seniors, especially those less fortunate, who worked in the areas of risk ?
The question arises seriously.
Uneven face to the déconfinement
Some people will say that the déconfinement solve the problem.
But unfortunately, life is not so rosy.
Older workers may not share the joys of the return-to-work as the other. A group of researchers has just published a tool measuring the risk of the return to work.
For each industry, their risk index takes into account the nature of the work, the frequency of contact face-to-face, and other factors. Their calculations also take into account the characteristics of the workers. For example, should they take public transportation ?
Without surprise, the thousands of workers that I talked about earlier are part of the industries that are most at risk.
This means that they will be déconfinées a lot more cautiously. And that even if caution is called for, the 65 years and over there risk their health. Could we really blame them for not wanting to return to work ?