Public servants asked to pay more for pensions as Government pledges pay cuts will be refunded

Posted in Governance and administration on May 30th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The government has asked public servants to pay more for their pensions but will refund pay cuts imposed under emergency legislation in a new deal. Sources at talks on a deal to extend the Lansdowne Road Agreement said government officials said they would convert a €720m pension levy already being paid into a higher permanent contribution …” (more)

[Anne-Marie Walsh, Independent, 29 May]

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Pay body is ‘ignoring reality’ in assessment of the pensions gap

Posted in Governance and administration on May 16th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Expenditure Minister Paschal Donohoe has insisted that the gaping difference between public and private sector pension provisions will be on the table at new talks, despite a report advising it stands at just 14%. The commission advising the Government on its pay policy has been accused of ignoring the ‘elephant in the room’ in its calculations – because most private sector workers have no pensions at all …” (more)

[Anne-Marie Walsh and Kevin Doyle, Independent, 16 May]

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UCC bought private college without liability for pensions

Posted in Governance and administration on May 10th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“University College Cork acquired a private business college without picking up the tab for its pension scheme, which previously had a deficit of more than €10m. The takeover of the Irish Management Institute (IMI), in Dublin, late last year, has raised concerns within UCC, and senior management were quizzed on it by the Dáil Public Accounts Committee (PAC) in late March …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 10 May]

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Public sector pay talks to focus on pension levy

Posted in Governance and administration on May 10th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Talks on a new public service pay agreement, due to begin in the coming weeks, will see the Government trade pay increases for additional pension contributions amongst thousands of middle-income public service workers. However, a key battleground in the talks is likely to centre on the income threshold above which any new higher pension contribution will apply …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 10 May]

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€100,000 pensions raid on public servants

Posted in Governance and administration on May 2nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Public servants will take a huge hit from widescale reform of their pensions, calculations show. Changing the way pensions are calculated could see even modestly paid public servants losing up to €100,000 over the course of their retirement …” (more)

[Charlie Weston, Independent, 2 May]

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Public sector pay report to back keeping pension levy

Posted in Governance and administration on April 27th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A new pay commission is set to advise the Government to keep in place a pension levy that was imposed on public servants during the financial crisis. In its first report, the Public Service Pay Commission is expected to support the Government position that most of its 300,000 employees make a bigger contribution towards their retirement benefits …” (more)

[Anne-Marie Walsh, Independent, 27 April]

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Public Sector Pensions Legislation

Posted in Governance and administration on March 2nd, 2017 by steve

IrelandMichael Collins (Cork South West, Independent): To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if he will restore public service pensions fully by mid-2018; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 28 February]

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Public Sector Pensions Levy

Posted in Governance and administration on February 17th, 2017 by steve

IrelandÉamon Ó Cuív (Galway West, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the reason public servants in receipt of a public service pension have the pension levy deducted from their pensions; the rate at which it is deducted; his plans to reduce the pension levy in the coming years; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 15 February]

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Public Sector Pensions Legislation – Repeal of FEMPI

Posted in Governance and administration on January 26th, 2017 by steve

IrelandBrendan Griffin (Kerry, Fine Gael): To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the timeframe for the repeal of FEMPI legislation in respect of retired public servants; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 24 January]

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Pension rises for retired public sector workers now in firing line

Posted in Governance and administration on December 27th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“An end to pension increases for retired public-sector workers is on the table in the next round of pay talks. Public-service pensioners have traditionally benefited from pay parity, which means they go up when there is an increase in the salary of the person in their old job …” (more)

[Anne-Marie Walsh and Kevin Doyle, Independent, 27 December]

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Unions to resist greater contribution by public staff to pensions

Posted in Governance and administration on December 19th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The plans by the Department of Public Expenditure to seek a greater contribution from public servants towards the cost of their pensions will be fiercely resisted by unions who represent the 320,000 who work in the public sector …” (more)

[Pat Leahy, Irish Times, 19 December]

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Proposal to make public servants pay more for pensions

Posted in Governance and administration on December 19th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Plans to get staff in the public service to pay more towards their pensions are being examined by the Government. Informed sources said it would be likely the Government would look for a greater financial contribution from staff towards their pensions in tandem with the unwinding of the existing public service pension levy and any pay increases that came about as part of a successor to the existing Lansdowne Road agreement …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 19 December]

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It’s time to talk, as value of gold-plated pensions to be used against public sector

Posted in Governance and administration on December 17th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The average public sector pension is worth almost four times as much as a private sector one. Official figures reveal retired State workers got €20,367 last year, while the biggest pension provider, Irish Life, said private sector pensioners received an average annual payment of €5,332 …” (more)

[Anne-Marie Walsh, Independent, 17 December]

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Pensions and job security to quell public pay demands

Posted in Governance and administration on December 13th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The value of pensions and job security enjoyed by public sector workers will be used to quell demands for pay rises at Government talks with unions. Pension values will be firmly on the negotiating table after it was revealed a garda’s retirement pot is worth from €30,000 to €40,000 a year …” (more)

[Anne-Marie Walsh, Independent, 13 December]

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Triple boost for thousands of public sector pensioners

Posted in Governance and administration on October 10th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Thousands of public sector pensioners are in line for a triple boost next year. The increases will see some retired public sector workers getting an annual increase in their income of €1,000 …” (more)

[Charlie Weston, Independent, 10 October]

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Pay commission will consider value of public sector pensions

Posted in Governance and administration on October 4th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The forthcoming commission on public sector pay will consider the value of public servants’ pensions as part of their remuneration, compared to those available in the private sector …” (more)

[Pat Leahy, Irish Times, 4 October]

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Renua pledges to move new public sector workers onto cheaper pensions

Posted in Governance and administration on January 5th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Renua Ireland leader Lucinda Creighton has pledged to move new public sector workers onto cheaper pensions. Her party’s election manifesto, which was published today, states that …” (more)

[Michael Brennan, Business Post, 4 January]

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Pay rises for 300,000 public service staff from January

Posted in Governance and administration on December 1st, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin has signed an order which will provide for pay increases for about 300,000 staff in the public service as well as pension rises for retired personnel from early next year …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 30 November]

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Dáil probe into ‘cash mountain’ of €160m in colleges

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on August 10th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The Dáil’s spending watchdog is to investigate an ‘anomalous’ €160m cash mountain in Irish universities which is growing by €30m a year, the Irish Independent can reveal …” (more)

[Daniel McConnell and Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 10 August]

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Public sector pensions boost

Posted in Governance and administration on June 17th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Two thirds of retired public service workers who saw their pensions slashed during the economic crash are set to benefit from increases of up to €1,680 over the next three years, in sharp contrast to their private sector colleagues …” (more)

[Fiachra Ó Cionnaith, Irish Examiner, 17 June]

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