Tuesday, 21 May 2019

Questions (630)

Jack Chambers


630. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection her plans to engage with community employment supervisors to find a satisfactory pathway to address the pension issues for such supervisors and assistant supervisors based on the 2008 Labour Court recommendation and in view of the Fianna Fáil motion on this issue which was passed by Dáil Éireann in 2018; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [21757/19]

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Written answers (Question to Employment)

Firstly, I am delighted to note that the industrial action due to take place has been suspended following recent discussions I and officials held with Forsa and SIPTU. The very many services provided by CE supervisors, assistant supervisors and every participant in community employment schemes in rural and urban areas are extremely valuable to every town and village in the country. All of these schemes are well embedded in community areas nationally and they are engaged in significant levels of service support and delivery.

Engagement will now commence between the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection and the unions over the next number of months. This provides an opportunity to address issues of concern to CE Supervisors. The date of the next meeting has been agreed with all parties with engagement commencing this week.