Declan Breathnach TD
Louth (and East Meath)

20th April, 2018

Breathnach says Government must act in the on-going dispute regarding CE Supervisors pension claim

– This dispute dates back to early 2000’s and is going on way too long –

Fianna Fáil TD for Louth and East Meath Declan Breathnach attended a meeting of a delegation of CE Supervisors, Assistant Supervisors and Trade Union Officials to discuss Pension Entitlements for Community Employment Scheme Supervisors.

“Community Employment Schemes play an essential role in helping people get back to work in our towns and villages. Supervisors provide participants with support and offer experience and assistance in preparing them for the workplace. Despite their invaluable role, they currently have no pension provision at all.”

“In 2008 the Labour Court recommended that CE Supervisors and Assistant Supervisors should have a pension. However, the Department has been stalling on this issue since the early 2000’s. In June 2011 the Unions were advised that the Department of Social Protection and Finance were fully aware of the claim and that there was a high level group considering the issues. This High Level Forum has only met on a number of occasions despite the then Minister, Brendan Howlin clearly identifying these issues as a priority in 2015.”

“It is outrageous that there is still no formal commitment to implement the Labour Court Recommendation nearly 10 years after it was made, and it is ironic that the same Government are constantly telling unions of the need to accept and adhere to Labour Court recommendations. Unfortunately the 1,250 CE workers concerned are still waiting for fair treatment”, concluded Breathnach.

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Johanna Walsh, Office of Declan Breathnach T.D., Leinster House, Dublin 2 (Declan – 087 2697638)

(T) 01 6183549 (Email) declan.breathnach@oireachtas.ie