Wednesday, 13 March 2019
Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation
Brendan Howlin (Wexford, Labour)
In the past, I advised the establishment of a retired pensioners' alliance that would feed into public sector pay talks. This would bring together retired pensioners from throughout the Civil Service and public service. When public sector pay talks and negotiations take place there is no formal input by retired pensioners. In fact, trade unions do not normally represent them. Anomalies have arisen for various public sector pensioners in the context of the round of pay restoration and the most recent FEMPI legislation and this inequity needs to be addressed. In the context of the public sector pay stability agreement expiring at the end of next year, will the Government give access to the Alliance of Retired Public Servants to future pay talks? More pressingly, will the Tánaiste raise with the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the need to address now with the alliance anomalies that most people in the House would like to see addressed?