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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Ulster University and Queen’s lecturers to strike over pensions

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

“An ‘escalating’ wave of stoppages over a four-week period will begin with the two-day walkout by members of the University and College Union (UCU). The protest surrounds changes to pensions. UCU general secretary Sally Hunt said …” (more)

[Belfast Telegraph, 6 February]

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NI university lecturers to strike over pensions

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

“Ulster University (UU) faces 14 days of strike action from many lecturers, starting on 22 February. It is also expected that Queen’s University Belfast will be affected in a similar way. The action by University and College Union (UCU) members is being taken due to a dispute over planned changes to staff pensions …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 6 February]

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IFUT wins long-running Maynooth staff pension dispute

Posted in Legal issues on January 28th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A long running pension dispute involving three staff in Maynooth University pension scheme has been resolved following ongoing pressure by the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT). The rights of the staff to reimbursement for denial of pension rights, following their redeployment to Maynooth subsequent to closure of Carysfort College of Education in 1988, were accepted by the college, in advance of a High Court hearing on the matter …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 28 January]

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The State’s public service pension liability currently stands at €114.5 billion

Posted in Governance and administration on December 19th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The State’s accrued liability for 298,000 serving public servants, and 155,000 who have already retired, currently stands are €114.5 billion. The figure, released in the Department of Public Expenditure’s latest actuarial review of its pension liabilities in respect of public service workers, represents the current value of all future payments to both former and current staff …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 19 December]

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Public service compulsory retirement age set to rise to 70

Posted in Governance and administration on December 6th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Cabinet has agreed legislation should go forward to increase the compulsory retirement age in the public service from 65 to 70 over a phased period. Minister for Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform Paschal Donohoe said the changes will enable the service to generate new roles and posts, while retaining a lot of the experience of those already in the public service …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 6 December]

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Public servants escape new pension rules

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 13th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Public servants are escaping new pension rules that delay the payment of the State pension. The State contributory pension is now only paid from the age of 66, meaning that thousands of people who are compelled to leave work at the age of 65 have to claim Jobseekers’ Benefit – getting almost €50 a week less than they would from their pension …” (more)

[Independent, 13 November]

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Unravelling of pensions emergency financial legislation will cost €90 million next year

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

Ireland“The restoration of public service pensions will cost €90 million next year with the unravelling of emergency legislation implemented during the economic crash, according to the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform. Paschal Donohoe told the Dáil that from January 1st next year …” (more)

[Marie O’Halloran, Irish Times, 10 November]

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Public Service Pay and Pensions Bill 2017 is published

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 9th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The pay of TDs and most other public servants will return to pre-austerity levels by July 2021 under new legislation which has been published. The Public Service Pay and Pensions Bill 2017 underpins the restoration of financial emergency (FEMPI) pay cuts imposed during the economic crisis …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 9 November]

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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 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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Senators to Introduce New Bill After Trinity Lecturer’s Discrimination Case Fails

Posted in Legal issues on February 7th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Following the rejection of former lecturer David Parris’s claim of discrimination at the European Court of Justice last year, Trinity senator Ivana Bacik has submitted a bill to the Seanad that would amend College’s current pension regulations …” (more)

[Charlotte Ryan, University Times, 6 February]

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Gold-Digger Clauses and LGBT Rights: The Trinity Lecturer Fighting for his Pension

Posted in Legal issues on February 7th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“In 1983, David Norris brought a case to the Irish Supreme Court, arguing that the criminalisation of homosexual behaviour was unconstitutional. The case, perhaps unsurprisingly, failed. Yet it would be the start of a revolution in Irish attitudes to homosexuality, marking the beginning of the slow, incremental movement towards marriage equality …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 6 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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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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