Wednesday, 2 October 2019
Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection
Community Employment Schemes Supervisors
228. To ask the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection if there has been an advance in the position for providing a mechanism to secure a pension for community employment supervisors or to provide an ex gratia payment to those supervisors about to retire or recently retired; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [39999/19]
229. To ask the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the status of work in relation to addressing the pension situation of community employment scheme supervisors; if she has had discussions with the Minister for Finance or the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform in relation to same; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [39994/19]
230. To ask the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the status of ongoing meetings with community employment scheme supervisors; her views on pension entitlements for supervisors of the schemes in view of the ongoing negotiations; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [39995/19]
233. To ask the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the position regarding pensions claims by community employment supervisors; if high-level meetings have taken place; and when she will issue her findings. [40010/19]
I propose to take Questions Nos. 228 to 230, inclusive, and 233 together.
I am currently engaging with representatives of Community Employment supervisors and assistant supervisors to discuss issues arising following the 2008 Labour Court Recommendation. All parties to the engagement process have agreed that the detail of the discussions should remain confidential while the engagement is ongoing and I would ask Deputies to respect these wishes and allow the talks to continue free from speculation which might prove unhelpful. I expect that it will take a number of weeks to reach a conclusion.
I hope this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.