Fianna Fáil to bring forward motion in relation to CE Supervisor and Assistant Supervisor Pension Motion

Fianna Fáil is bringing forward a motion in Dáil Éireann tonight in relation to the implementation of a Pension Scheme for CE Scheme Supervisors and Assistant Supervisors.

“Fianna Fáil is acutely cognisant of the deep sense of frustration felt by CE supervisors and assistant supervisors in trying to secure an occupational pension. This we acknowledge is a long running issue but Fine Gael has been Government since 2011 and in that time they have failed to deal with this issue,” said to Deputy Leader Dara Calleary.

“Fianna Fái TDs have repeatedly raised this issue with the Government and we are now calling on them to find a resolution and a satisfactory pathway to address this issue for the 1,250 CE Supervisors and Assistant Supervisors based on the Labour Court Recommendation of 2008.  We are also calling on the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform to immediately meet with Unions that represent the CE Supervisor and Assistant Supervisors with a view to creating a process to bring this issue to finality and to make available, even on an incremental basis, the financial resources to address this issue,” he said.

The Motion sets out the following:

That Dáil Éireann acknowledges:

  • Community Employment (CE) Schemes provide much needed services in communities throughout the country and that the Department of Social Protection (DSP) is now responsible for these schemes.
  • CE Schemes are designed to help those in long term unemployment or those who are disadvantaged or find it impossible to get mainstream work to have a job in their local communities.
  • There are 25,000 citizens on schemes and these are managed and organised by 1,250 supervised and assistant supervisors.
  • The work of CE supervisors and assistant supervisors is integral to the overall success and implementation of the CE schemes.
  • This pension grievance has been ongoing since early 2000’s and records show that some progress was made with the introduction of the HSE Home Help model.
  • Unions were informed that this model would form a basis for the CE supervisor pension issue.
  • In July 2008, the Labour Court recommended that an agreed pension scheme should be introduced for CE Supervisors and assistant supervisors and that such a scheme should be adequately funded by FÁS, the funding agency responsible for CE at that time.
  • Fás attended the Labour Court hearing in 2008.
  • A number of local authorities are already providing pensions to a small number of CE Supervisors.
  • Under the Lansdowne Road agreement (LRA) it was agreed to set up a High Level Forum to examine how to resolve this long standing issue.
  • The High Level Forum was set up, chaired by the Department of Public Expenditure and it outlined the costs involved to resolve this long standing issue in November last.
  • Since late 2017 a meeting has been promised between the unions representing this small group with the Minister for Public Expenditure but it has yet to be arranged.

Accepts:

  • That the pension issue for CE Supervisors and assistant Supervisors has been left unresolved for far too long.

Calls for:

Industrial action to be avoided as it will have a very negative impact on local communities.

  • A resolution and a satisfactory pathway to be found to address the pension issue for the 1,250 CE Supervisors and Assistant Supervisors based on the Labour Court Recommendation of 2008.
  • The Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform to immediately meet with Unions that represent the CE Supervisor and Assistant Supervisors so that negotiations can commence with a view to creating a process to bring this issue to finality .
  • The Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform to make available even if it is on an incremental basis the financial resources to address this issue.