A new policy at the Hong Kong Disneyland Resort will enable cast members ages 60 and older to maintain permanent work contracts.
According to the South China Morning Post, the policy went into effect today, benefiting the approximately 130 cast members turning 60 and older this year. Previously, cast members at that age were only renewed on a year-by-year basis. This will create better job security as workers begin to work further into their golden years in China.
Leung Shu-wah, Hong Kong Disneyland’s food and beverage executive sous-chef, was a proponent of the change. “It relieves the pressure of retiring and lets us work in a familiar and comfortable environment at the park,” Leung said. Leung is 58, and has been working at the resort since it opened in 2005.
The new policy will also enable older workers to live on their own longer. 59 year-old Eleanor Fung Siu-lin, the resort’s director of cleaning operations, said, “It is difficult for those over 60 to find new jobs. The policy helps those who are still capable of working to keep living on their own. I had planned to stay at home after retiring, but now I can keep working at the park as long as I’m capable.”
The new policy will only apply to full-time workers. Hong Kong Disneyland currently has approximately 430 full-time workers between the ages of 55 and 60.