Conditions in place for public servants working beyond 65 ‘purposely unattractive’ - John Brady TD
Sinn Féin Spokesperson for Employment Affairs & Social Protection John Brady TD has said that the interim arrangements in place for public servants wishing to remain at work beyond 65 are ‘purposely unattractive’.
Interim arrangements have been put in place by Minister Paschal Donohue until legislation to extend the compulsory retirement age from 65 to 70 is passed.
Speaking this afternoon, Teachta Brady said:
“The interim arrangements put in place by Minister Donohue and agreed with public service employers makes for grim reading.
“Employees will be allowed to remain at work beyond 65 but only under certain conditions. These conditions include 65 year olds retiring and being re-hired for the extra year, being paid at the minimum point of their relevant pay scale which will result in pay reductions, and no longer being able to accrue pension benefits for the year.
"This means that those wishing to remain at work to add to their PRSI contributions will be unable to do so. I would also question whether or not trade unions were consulted on these arrangements.
“These conditions are extremely disappointing and will only serve to push public servants out of work at 65 and will therefore, prevent them from remaining at work.
“The Bill I introduced which was passed unanimously in the Dáil in February is the legislation that will abolish mandatory retirement in all instances, something the Government is clearly intent on avoiding.
“If these interim arrangements are anything to go by I would be cautious as to the actual text of this legislation to raise the mandatory retirement age to 70 and what it will actually look like.”