ALLIANCE OF RETIRED PUBLIC SERVANTS SAYS LEGISLATION TO UNWIND FEMPI NEEDS TO PROVIDE CLEAR PATHWAY TO FULL PENSION RESTORATION

Monday, 11 September 2017

The Alliance of Retired Public Servants (ARPS) has today said that the forthcoming legislation to unwind the Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest (FEMPI) Acts must provide a clear pathway to full pension restoration. The Alliance Chairperson, Brian Burke, was speaking further to a meeting of the ARPS National Council which met to consider recent detailed proposals (Letter from DPER) from the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (DPER) on how the Government intends to restore public service pensions.

Brian Burke, explained DPER’s proposals.

“The Department has told us that it is the Government’s intention to unwind the measures imposed under the FEMPI Acts as soon as possible with particular regard to the impact on public service pensions in payment and public service pensioners. However, the issue of when this actually takes place is critically important for pensioners. 

“The Programme for Partnership Government commits the current administration to fully restore pensions for retired public servants by 2021 and the Alliance is looking for this timeline to be brought forward in the forthcoming legislation. On average about 4,000 retired public servants die each year so if the current completion date of 2021 for full restoration is stuck with, then over 40,000 people will have died by that time on reduced pensions – pensions that they contributed to during their working lives. This is why, the Alliance has been campaigning to get Government to bring forward the date from 2021.”

Brian Burke welcomed the proposals from DPER and Minister Donohoe to help the address the position of those on low pensions.

“There are many public service pensioners on annual pensions of €12,000 or less which equates to a weekly payment of just over €230 per week. While these people did not have their pensions cut during the financial crisis, they haven’t had an increase since 2007. Over the 10-year period since 2007, prices – particularly the costs of housing, healthcare, energy and heating which are important items for older people – have risen placing an undue strain on very modest incomes. In this context, the Alliance welcomes the Government’s commitment to increase pensions in line with the pay increases being awarded to serving public sector staff.”

Notes to Editors

The Alliance of Retired Public Servants (www.arps.ie is the Alliance’s new website) is comprised of 21 pensioner organisations representing over 140,000 retired public servants including former civil servants, local authority and health employees, teachers, nurses, doctors, Gardai, Defence Forces personnel and others.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT:

Pat Montague, Montague Communications, 087-2549123

 

FURTHER UPDATE ON DISCUSSIONS WITH DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC EXPENDITURE AND REFORM

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Last week, an Alliance delegation led by Chairperson, Brian Burke -- and joined by Shay Cody, Chair of Congress's Public Services Committee -- met with Minister Paschal Donohoe and his officials.

The document encapsulating what was verbally presented by the Minister at the meeting will now issue to the Alliance in early August.

 

UPDATE FROM MEETING WITH MINISTER PASCHAL DONOHOE

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Yesterday afternoon, an Alliance delegation led by Chairperson, Brian Burke -- and joined by Shay Cody, Chair of Congress's Public Services Committee -- met with Minister Paschal Donohoe and his officials. A document encapsulating what was verbally presented by the Minister at the meeting is due to issue to the Alliance in the coming days. The Alliance won't be making any further comment until it has received the document in question.

 

ALLIANCE OF RETIRED PUBLIC SERVANTS TO MEET MINISTER FOR FINANCE OVER PENSION RESTORATION TODAY

Wednesday, 11 July 2017

The Alliance of Retired Public Servants (ARPS) will today meet the Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform, Paschal Donohoe TD, to engage in talks over pension restoration for the country’s 140,000 retired public servants.

A delegation from ARPS – accompanied by Shay Cody, Chairperson of Congress’s Public Services Committee – will at 2.30 this afternoon meet Minister Donohoe and his officials in the Department’s offices in Dublin city centre.

Alliance Chairperson, Brian Burke, explained that his organisation’s primary focus at today’s meeting will be to hear what the Minister has to say in response to ARPS’s request for the bringing forward of the completion date for the restoration of pensions from the current projected date of 2021.

“The Programme for Partnership Government commits the current administration to fully restore pensions for retired public servants by 2021 and the Alliance is looking to bring this timeline forward. On average about 4,000 retired public servants die each year so if the current completion date of 2021 for full restoration is stuck with, then over 40,000 people will have died by that time on reduced pensions – pensions that they contributed to during their working lives. This is why, we think it’s only fair that the Government should bring forward the date from 2021 and we look forward to hearing what Minister Donohoe has to say on this matter.”

Brian Burke concluded by saying that the Alliance also wants to hear from Minister Donohoe about how the issue of those on low pensions will be tackled by the Government.

“It’s really important that the Government addresses the position of those retired public servants on low pensions – those on €12,000 or less which equates to a weekly payment of just over €230 per week – who did not have their pensions cut, but who haven’t had an increase since 2007. Over the 10-year period since 2007, prices – particularly the costs of healthcare, energy and heating which are important items for older people – have risen placing an undue strain on very modest incomes. In this context, the Alliance has asked that the Government agrees to increasing those pensions.”

Notes to Editors

The Alliance of Retired Public Servants (www.arps.ie is the Alliance’s new website) comprised of 21 pensioner organisations representing over 140,000 retired public servants including former civil servants, local authority and health employees, teachers, nurses, doctors, Gardai, Defence Forces personnel and others.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT:

Pat Montague, Montague Communications, 087-2549123

 

Update on Talks with Department of Public Expenditure and Reform

Friday, 23 June 2017

Recently, ARPS Chairperson, Brian Burke, agreed with Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (DPER) officials that they would meet during this current week to discuss pension restoration and other matters.

Due to the alterations that have taken place in the political landscape over recent days it was agreed that this meeting would be pushed out until next week.

It is expected that the date for this meeting will be finalised shortly.

 

Older Press Releases

For release: Wednesday, 17 May 2017

RETIRED PUBLIC SERVANTS WELCOME GOVERNMENT’S INTENTION TO ENGAGE IN TALKS PROCESS OVER PENSION RESTORATION

The Alliance of Retired Public Servants (ARPS) has today welcomed the intention signalled by Government to engage in a talks process over pension restoration for the country’s 140,000 retired public servants.

Alliance Chairperson, Brian Burke, said: “Yesterday, Minister Paschal Donohoe publicly indicated that it is the Government’s intention to enter into a talks process with representatives of public sector pensioners over pension restoration and we very much welcome this.”

Mr Burke explained that his organisation’s primary focus will be to discuss bringing forward the completion date for the restoration of pensions from the current projected date of 2021.

“The Programme for Partnership Government commits the current administration to fully restore pensions for retired public servants by 2021 and the Alliance is looking to bring this timeline forward. On average about 4,000 retired public servants die each year so if the current completion date of 2021 for full restoration is stuck with, then over 40,000 people will have died by that time on reduced pensions – pensions that they contributed to during their working lives. This is why, we think it’s only fair that the Government should bring forward the date from 2021.”

Brian Burke concluded by saying that the Alliance also wants to see the issue of those on low pensions tackled by the Government.

“It’s really important that the Government addresses the position of pensioners on low pensions – those on €12,000 or less which equates to a weekly payment of just over €230 per week – who did not have their pensions cut, but who haven’t had an increase since 2007. Over the 10-year period since 2007, prices – particularly the costs of healthcare, energy and heating which are important items for older people – have risen placing an undue strain on very modest incomes. In this context, the Alliance will be asking that the Government agrees to increasing those pension.”

Notes to Editors

The Alliance of Retired Public Servants is comprised of 21 pensioner organisations representing over 140,000 retired public servants including former civil servants, local authority and health employees, teachers, nurses, doctors, Gardai, Defence Forces personnel and others.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT:

Pat Montague, Montague Communications, 087-2549123

 

 

For release: 1.30 pm, Tuesday, 9 May 2017

RETIRED PUBLIC SERVANTS EXPRESS DISAPPOINTMENT AT FAILURE OF PUBLIC SERVICE PAY COMMISSION REPORT TO ADDRESS PENSION RESTORATION

Alliance seeking formal talk process with Government on pension restoration

The Alliance of Retired Public Servants (ARPS) has today expressed its disappointment that the report of the Public Service Pay Commission has failed to address the issue of pension restoration for the country’s 140,000 retired public servants.

However despite this, Alliance Chairperson, Brian Burke called on the Government to enter a formal talk process with his organisation to discuss bringing forward the completion date for the restoration of pensions from the current projected date of 2021.

“The Programme for Partnership Government commits the current administration to fully restore pensions for retired public servants by 2021 and the Alliance is looking to bring this timeline forward. On average about 4,000 retired public servants die each year so if the current completion date of 2021 for full restoration is stuck with, then over 40,000 people will have died by that time on reduced pensions – pensions that they contributed to during their working lives. This is why, we think it’s only fair that the Government should bring forward the date from 2021.”

In this context, Brian Burke said that the justice of their case for accelerated pension restoration was publicly acknowledged by the previous Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Brendan Howlin TD, on his last day in office. Mr Burke explained that they have already had some constructive engagements on the matter with Minister Paschal Donohoe.

Mr Burke also said that the Alliance is seeking the putting in place of a formal process of engagement between pensioners’ representatives and the Government in the period ahead. In this context, he took heart from recent comments by Oonagh Buckley, CEO of the Workplace Relations Commission, which indicated that retired public servants would be included in the forthcoming talk process.

“Workers in the private and public sectors have access to formal processes for engaging with their employers about their pay and conditions, including access to third party processes – like the Workplace Relations Commission and the Labour Court – who can be asked to intervene where agreement can’t be found. Retired public servants are looking to have similar formal processes put in place so that we are involved in negotiating improvements to our own terms and conditions and given access to third party processes as well to help resolve difficulties if they arise.”

Brian Burke concluded by saying that the Alliance also wants to see the issue of those on low pensions tackled by the Government.

“It’s really important the Government addresses the position of pensioners on low pensions – those on €12,000 or less which equates to a weekly payment of just over €230 per week – who did not have their pensions cut, but who haven’t had an increase since 2007. Over the 10-year period since 2007, prices – particularly the costs of healthcare, energy and heating which are important items for older people – have risen placing an undue strain on very modest incomes. In this context, the Alliance is asking that the Government agrees to increasing those pensions,” Brian Burke concluded.

Notes to Editors

The Alliance of Retired Public Servants is comprised of 24 pensioner organisations representing over 140,000 retired public servants including former civil servants, local authority and health employees, teachers, nurses, doctors, Gardai, Defence Forces personnel and others.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT:

Pat Montague, Montague Communications, 087-2549123

 

Embargoed: 1.00 am, Friday, 5 May 2017

RETIRED PUBLIC SERVANTS CALL FOR PENSION RESTORATION TO BE BROUGHT FORWARD FROM 2021

Unless current timeframe is improved, tens of thousands of retired public servants will die before their pensions are restored

The Alliance of Retired Public Servants (ARPS) has called for pension restoration for retired public servants to be brought forward from the current projected date of 2021. The Alliance says if this is not done, tens of thousands of retired public servants will have died without ever getting access again to their full pensions.

The Alliance’s call is contained in their submission to the Public Service Pay Commission which is expected to issue its report on public pay to Government in the coming days.

ARPS Chairperson, Brian Burke, explains that the Programme for Partnership Government commits the current administration to fully restore pensions for retired public servants by 2021 and the Alliance is looking to bring this timeline forward.

“On average about 4,000 retired public servants die each year so if the current completion date of 2021 for full restoration is stuck with, then over 40,000 people will have died by that time on reduced pensions – pensions that they contributed to during their working lives. This is why, we think it’s only fair that the Government should bring forward the date from 2021.”

In this context, Brian Burke said that the justice of their case for accelerated pension restoration was publicly acknowledged by the previous Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Brendan Howlin TD, on his last day in office. Mr Burke also explained that they have already had some constructive engagements on the matter with Minister Paschal Donohoe.

“Another issue the Alliance wants tackled by the Government is the position of pensioners on low pensions – those on €12,000 or less which equates to a weekly payment of just over €230 per week – who did not have their pensions cut, but who haven’t had an increase since 2007. Over the 10-year period since 2007, prices – particularly the costs of healthcare, energy and heating which are important items for older people – have risen placing an undue strain on very modest incomes. In this context, the Alliance is asking that the Government agrees to increasing those pensions.”

Finally, Brian Burke says that the Alliance is also seeking the putting in place of a formal process of engagement between pensioners’ representatives and the Government in the period ahead.

“Workers in the private and public sectors have access to formal processes for engaging with their employers about their pay and conditions, including access to third party processes – like the Workplace Relations Commission and the Labour Court – who can be asked to intervene where agreement can’t be found. Retired public servants are looking to have similar formal processes put in place so that we are involved in negotiating improvements to our own terms and conditions and given access to third party processes as well to help resolve difficulties if they arise,” Brian Burke concluded.

Notes to Editors

The Alliance of Retired Public Servants is comprised of 24 pensioner organisations representing over 140,000 retired public servants including former civil servants, local authority and health employees, teachers, nurses, doctors, Gardai, Defence Forces personnel and others.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT:

Pat Montague, Montague Communications, 087-2549123

 

 

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