CE staff to strike over lack of access to pension

CE staff to strike over lack of access to pension
(L to R) Kate Campbell CE supervisor Gillian Byrne branch treasurer forsa, car supervisor Angela Kirk head of division forsa, Eddie Mullins sector organiser, Adrian Kane division organizer siptu, Conor Mahon CE supervisor during a recent CE Supervisor protest by SIPTU & Forsa trade Unions.

COMMUNITY employment (CE) scheme supervisors are to take industrial action from next Monday over their pension arrangements.

The 1,250 staff concerned have no access to any occupational pension scheme, despite a Labour Court recommendation in 2008 saying that the government should provide them with one.

The five-day strike will impact on community employment schemes across the country including those providing childcare, elderly-care and drug rehabilitation services.

Staff representatives from Fórsa and SIPTU have sought a meeting with Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe but been rebuffed.

They did hold a meeting with Social Protection Minister Regina Doherty last week, but were unable to come to an agreement to avoid strike action.

“It is deeply unfortunate but this action will inevitably have an impact on both CE schemes and the communities in which they provide services,” SIPTU Organiser, Eddie Mullins, said. “Participants may not get paid and progress in community schemes will be halted due to the lack of supervisory management.

“Paschal Donohoe should respect these workers and the vital community services provided by their community employment schemes. He must meet with their representatives to discuss why after more than 10 years they still do not have a pension.

“Union representatives did have a constructive meeting with the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection, Regina Doherty, last week, to discuss this issue.

“This followed effective lobbying by a CE supervisor based in Galway. However, it is clear that concrete action must be taken by the Minister for Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform in order to achieve a resolution to this dispute.”

During the strike action hundreds of CE supervisors from both unions and their supporters will attend daily protests at seven locations around the country. 

These include Intreo and Revenue offices in Galway and Waterford, and political constituency offices in Dublin, Donegal, Galway, Cork, Portlaoise and Limerick.

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