Thursday, 14 November 2019

Questions (168)

Michael Healy-Rae


168. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the status of pensions for community employment supervisors; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [46945/19]

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Written answers (Question to Employment)

The Community Employment Scheme (CE) is an active labour market programme designed to provide eligible long-term unemployed people and other disadvantaged persons with an opportunity to engage in useful work within their communities on a temporary, fixed term basis.

The programme is delivered through independent Community Employment Sponsoring Bodies.  The contract agreement between the Department and the Community Employment Sponsoring Body establishes their role as an independent contractor, responsible for all purposes and all persons recruited by them.

CE Supervisors are not employed by the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection.  CE Supervisors have always been employees of Community Employment Sponsoring Bodies which operate in the community and voluntary sector. 

Department officials have undertaken a series of meetings with representatives of CE supervisors to consider the issues arising from the 2008 Labour Court Recommendation.  The specific details of these ongoing discussions will remain confidential while the process is on-going and I would ask Deputies to respect these wishes and allow the talks to continue free from speculation.