Government must respect Labour Court ruling on CE supervisors – Cullinane
Sinn Féin TD and spokesperson for Workers’ Rights David Cullinane has today called on the Minister for Social Protection Regina Doherty to accede to the Labour Court and award CE supervisors their full pension rights.
Deputy Cullinane said:
“I have met many CE supervisors and assistant supervisors in Waterford on a number of occasions over the years. I also met a national group of supervisors that has been campaigning for justice in this area for years.
“The Labour Court made a recommendation on this issue on 1 May 2008 and the supervisors and assistant supervisors want it implemented.
“I do not believe that is unreasonable.
“The supervisors and assistant supervisors have a clear pay link with managers, instructors and administrative staff in community training workshops and they are seeking a defined pension scheme similar to that which applies to these grades.
“What happened to them was a double injustice.
“It was complicated by the fact that in December 2007, the Public Service Benchmarking Body did not grant a pay increase to the majority of public servants because of the value it placed on public sector pensions.
“These supervisors and assistant supervisors received no pay increases at the time, even though they were not in receipt of pensions.
“They did not receive pay increases on the basis of the assumption that they were in receipt of pensions, which was not the case.
“The unions accepted that while FÁS was not the direct employer of supervisors and assistant supervisors on CE schemes, because it was the funding agency, they had a claim for a defined benefit scheme.
“The Labour Court agreed and my simple message to the Minister and the Government is to please implement the Labour Court recommendation, accept the logic and justice of this position and do what is right for these people.”