Wednesday, 27 November 2019

Questions (274)

Willie O'Dea


274. Deputy Willie O'Dea asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection if she will address a matter regarding pensions for community employment supervisors (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [49313/19]

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Written answers (Question to Employment)

The matter of CE Supervisor Pensions Claim following 2008 Labour Court Recommendation 19293 was the subject of extensive discussion at the Community Sector High Level Forum, chaired by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, which was reconvened to examine certain issues pertaining to the Community Employment sector and in particular to ensure that the matter of pensions was fully examined, having regard to both costs and precedent in the context of the wider Community and Voluntary sector.

The membership of this Forum includes public service management and union representatives.  The implications arising from this claim extend well beyond the CE Supervisors and Assistant Supervisors cadre and impact across the entire Community and Voluntary sector.

The reconvening of the High Level Forum is a matter for the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform.

As the Deputy will be aware, my Department is currently engaging with representatives of CE supervisors to discuss issues arising following the 2008 Labour Court Recommendation and all parties have agreed that the detail of all discussions undertaken by the group should remain confidential until the process has completed.  I have asked Deputies to respect these wishes and allow the talks to continue free from speculation.