Public-sector pensions worth 80% more than those in private sector

Posted in Governance and administration on December 11th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Public-sector workers receive about nine times more pension tax relief per person, on average, than those in the private sector, new figures show, as pressure from the pensions industry mounts to retain the current generous tax relief regime in an effort to shore up private retirement savings …” (more)

[Fiona Reddan, Irish Times, 10 December]

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UL pledges to pay executives’ €1.2m pensions from private funding

Posted in Governance and administration on December 10th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“University of Limerick has insisted taxpayers’ money will not be used to fund moving two executives from a subsidiary company to its own State-funded pension scheme at a cost of more than €1 million …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 10 December]

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Public servants ‘in limbo’ as law to change retirement age faces ‘tight’ Christmas deadline

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 30th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Public servants who are set to receive a way out of compulsory retirement could be forced to retire anyway with legislation to extend the age to 70 facing a ‘tight’ deadline to get passed through the Dáil before Christmas. The Public Service Superannuation (Age of Retirement) Bill would increase the retirement age to 70 …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 30 November]

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Public sector workforce now higher than 2008 peak

Posted in Governance and administration on November 29th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Public sector pay and pensions will cost €19.5 billion in 2018, according to the latest research from the Institute of Public Administration. In ‘Public Sector Trends 2018’, Dr Richard Boyle found that the number of staff employed in the public service – 323,000 – now exceeds the peak figure in 2008 before the economic crash …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 28 November]

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University of Limerick added executives to pension scheme

Posted in Governance and administration on November 27th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Two executives at a University of Limerick subsidiary company were added to the university’s State-funded pension scheme at a cost of more than €1.2 million even though they were not university employees. The finding is contained in a report by the Comptroller and Auditor General into the handling of remuneration for certain senior staff at UL and Institute of Technology Sligo …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 27 November]

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Public servants to work until 70 amid spiralling pensions

Posted in Governance and administration on October 17th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Teachers, university lecturers, and other key public servants will be asked to work until they are 70 in a bid to cut back on spiralling pension costs and to shore up staff gaps in vital frontline services. Cabinet signed off on the move at its weekly meeting yesterday after the plan was put forward by Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe …” (more)

[Fiachra Ó Cionnaith, Irish Examiner, 17 October]

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Public sector pension costs forecast to more than double by 2040

Posted in Governance and administration on July 22nd, 2018 by steve

“The cost of public service pensions will rise sharply in the coming years, increasing by €2 billion by 2025, while the level of pension contribution from public servants will remain steady. An analysis by the Department of Public Expenditure has found that the cost of public sector pensions to the exchequer will rise from €3.4 billion last year to €5.3 billion by 2025 …” (more)

[Pat Leahy, Irish Times, 19 July]

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Cabinet agrees bill to allow public servants to work until 70

Posted in Governance and administration on July 6th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Government has agreed the text of new legislation that will allow thousands of public servants work until they are 70 years of age. As people are living longer and are in better health, many public servants want to work for longer, but they cannot because of a mandatory retirement age of 65 for those recruited before 2004 …” (more)

[Conor McMorrow, RTÉ, 5 July]

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University staff suspend strikes over pensions

Posted in Governance and administration on April 13th, 2018 by steve

“University staff have suspended strikes which were set to hit summer exams after agreeing to fresh pension plans. Planned changes to staff pensions prompted 14 days of strike action at 64 universities in February and March, and more strikes were planned …” (more)

[Hannah Richardson, BBC News, 13 April]

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UCU at Ulster Committee ballot guidance for members

Posted in Governance and administration on April 13th, 2018 by steve

“We apologise for not arranging a members’ meeting to discuss the ballot which closes this Friday. The timing was unfortunate for us given Ulster University closes during Easter week. In the absence of a meeting, we are instead publishing our thoughts through our social media channels …” (more)

[UCU, 12 April]

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Public Sector Pensions

Posted in Governance and administration on February 28th, 2018 by steve

IrelandJack Chambers (Dublin West, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the status of and timeframe for the restoration of pensions for retired civil and public servants whose pensions are tied to serving officers pay (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 27 February]

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Open letter to Ulster University VC, Paddy Nixon

Posted in Governance and administration on February 27th, 2018 by steve

“Dear Professor Nixon, As you are aware UCU members at Ulster University are taking industrial action to defend their USS pension. We stand together with 64 other universities across the UK in demanding a fairer deal. As we enter a fourth strike day tomorrow and Universities UK (UUK) meet with our UCU national negotiators (27th Feb) …” (more)

[Tracy Irwin, UCU, 26 February]

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Lecturers at Magee to strike this week

Posted in Governance and administration on February 26th, 2018 by steve

“There have been calls for the people of Derry to support striking university lecturers. Lecturers at Magee are set to go on strike this week in response to plans by University bosses across the UK, including at Ulster University, to slash contributory pensions which workers have been paying into …” (more)

[Highland Radio News, 26 February]

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University strike: Pension plan could be reversed, say bosses

Posted in Governance and administration on February 24th, 2018 by steve

“University bosses say they could reverse changes to lecturers’ pensions if economic conditions improve. As strike action continues for a second day at 57 universities, the employers’ group, Universities UK, has written to pension scheme members offering to explore alternative ideas …” (more)

[Judith Burns, BBC News, 23 February]

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Fury at Ulster University chief’s £264k salary – increase of £14k as staff battle for pensions

Posted in Governance and administration on February 23rd, 2018 by steve

“University staff striking over their pension arrangements hit out in fury yesterday when it emerged that Ulster University chief Paddy Nixon is taking home a salary of £264,000 – an increase of £14,000 on his last reported salary of £250,000. It was also revealed that the UU vice-chancellor’s complete package, including pension and benefits, is £311,000 …” (more)

[Rebecca Black, Belfast Telegraph, 23 February]

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University strikes: Nearly 100,000 students sign petitions demanding compensation for classes lost due to absent lecturers

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 22nd, 2018 by steve

“Nearly 100,000 students have signed petitions demanding compensation from universities for classes lost due to striking lecturers. Tens of thousands of university workers are expected to take part in a wave of walkouts in an ongoing dispute over pensions. Members of the University and College Union (UCU) at 64 UK institutions are staging the first in a series of strikes after voting in favour of industrial action …” (more)

[Samuel Osborne, Independent, 22 February]

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Northern Ireland students urged to complain and seek refunds over university strike

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 22nd, 2018 by steve

“Northern Ireland students should complain to their universities and look for refunds for their tuition fees if their courses are affected by industrial action. Queen’s University Student Union President Stephen McCrystall said they fully supported staff in their dispute saying it was important students were not adversely impacted …” (more)

[Jonathan Bell, Belfast Telegraph, 22 February]

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Queen’s University ‘disappointed’ at lecturers’ decision to strike

Posted in Governance and administration on February 22nd, 2018 by steve

“Queen’s University has expressed its opposition to planned industrial action by lecturers over pension reform. In its statement, Queen’s University said it is ‘disappointed’ at the decision to take industrial action …” (more)

[Belfast Telegraph, 21 February]

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Ulster University and Queen’s lecturers to strike over pension rows

Posted in Governance and administration on February 21st, 2018 by steve

“University lecturers in Northern Ireland are about to begin a four week period of industrial action over pensions. Queen’s and UU staff are among workers from 61 UK universities taking part in the action. Due to begin on Thursday, the strike will continue with a five-day walkout either side of the weekends …” (more)

[Belfast Telegraph, 21 February]

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Queen’s University Belfast lecturers join strike action

Posted in Governance and administration on February 8th, 2018 by steve

“Queen’s University Belfast is facing 13 days of strike action from many lecturers, staring on 22 February. Members of the University and College Union (UCU) at Ulster University had already decided to strike …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 8 February]

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