Written answers

Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Department of Public Expenditure and Reform

Public Sector Pensions

Photo of Michelle MulherinMichelle Mulherin (Mayo, Fine Gael)
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186. To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform to set out the status of the examination by the community sector high level forum on the provision of Exchequer funding to implement a Labour Court recommendation relating to the provision of a pension scheme dating back to 2008 for supervisors and assistant supervisors in community employment schemes; when the final report will be completed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2317/16]

Photo of Brendan HowlinBrendan Howlin (Minister, Department of Public Expenditure and Reform; Wexford, Labour)
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As the Deputy will be aware 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. However 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.

Notwithstanding this the matter has remained under review and I recently held a constructive meeting with SIPTU and IMPACT trade unions in relation to this matter. Having listened to their respective positions I have 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.  I would anticipate that it would be in a position to report to the Government on its work this year.

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