Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Ceisteanna (116)

Regina Doherty

Ceist:

116. Deputy Regina Doherty asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform to reinstate pension entitlements for retired community employment supervisors, given the recommendation from the Labour Court advising for the immediate provision of same. [8061/16]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Public)

Unions representing CE Supervisors and Assistant Supervisors have sought the provision of Exchequer funding to implement a Labour Court recommendation relating to the provision of a pension scheme dating back to 2008. In this regard the position has remained that it is not possible for the State to provide funding for such a scheme to employees of private companies even if those companies are or were reliant on State funding. It should be noted that the Labour Court recommendation related to future pension provision for persons in this type of private employment who are not currently benefiting from an employer supported pension scheme, rather than re-instatement of a previously held employee benefit or provision of a pension for retired persons.

Notwithstanding this the matter has remained under review and I held a constructive meeting with SIPTU and IMPACT trade unions in relation to this matter. Having listened to their respective positions I reconvened the Community Sector High Level Forum which ceased operation some years ago in order that this matter is fully examined, having regard to costs and precedent.

The Forum commenced its work on 27 November 2015 and a further meeting of the Forum took place on 11 April 2016.