Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Ceisteanna (138)

Jonathan O'Brien

Ceist:

138. Deputy Jonathan O'Brien asked the Minister for Education and Skills the number of teachers who are being asked to work extra days due to having previously missed days due to strike action in order to avail of early retirement. [11770/14]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Education)

Public servants (including teachers) make a superannuation contribution for each day of paid employment. A teacher who has reached the age of 55 and has 35 years of reckonable service may retire voluntarily on pension with no actuarial reduction. Unpaid days where no superannuation contribution is made, including in particular the public service-wide strike days of 15 October 1985 and 24 November 2009, are not counted as reckonable service for superannuation purposes. This has been the position for all teachers who were absent because of strike action on either or both of those dates and who retired subsequently, and will continue to be the position in the future.