Community Employment scheme supervisors deserve a pension – Senator Paul Gavan
Sinn Fein Senator Paul Gavan has called on the Government to take immediate steps towards implementing a Labour Court Recommendation to provide pensions for Community Employment (CE) scheme supervisors.
The recommendation, which would apply to 1250 workers, has been outstanding for 11 years.
Senator Gavan joined over 200 SIPTU members for a lunchtime protest over the issue today outside of the Oireachtas.
Speaking in the Seanad, Senator Gavan said:
“These CE workers have been treated with contempt by successive governments since 2008. Their union SIPTU has been tireless in pursuing this issue throughout this time.
"In the 2015 Landsdowne Road Agreement, SIPTU secured the setting up a High Level Forum to deal with the issue of pensions for CE Supervisors once and for all.
"However since then the Government has refused to engage properly with the Forum.
“Perhaps the most disgraceful aspect of this issue is the outright refusal to date of the Government to engage in any way with SIPTU.
"The union has written to the Minister for Finance Paschal Donohue requesting a meeting on the issue but have yet to receive even an acknowledgement of this request.
“I am calling on Minister Donohue to show respect to these 1250 workers and also to show respect for the Industrial Relations Court of this State.
“Minister Donohue should immediately agree to meet with SIPTU and engage constructively to deal with this issue.
"What message does this Government send to rogue employers when it refuses for 11 years to implement a recommendation from the Labour Court?
“These workers have reluctantly resolved as a last resort to begin industrial action from Monday 13th May. This action will impact on thousands of CE workers and schemes across the state. "It’s time for Minister Donoghue to get off his high horse and deal with the workers and their union.”