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GALWAY REGIONAL MEETNG – Alliance of Retired Public Servants

The Alliance of Retired Public Servants (ARPS), of which ARCO is a member, has held a number of meetings with senior officials of key Government Departments on pension issues. Regional Meetings are being held countrywide by the ARPS Executive Committee to update retired Public Service Pensioners on these issues.

The Galway Regional Meeting will take place on Monday, 20th April at 7.30 pm, at the Clayton Hotel, Ballybrit, County Galway. 

ARCO Members are encouraged to show their support by attending this meeting.

CORK REGIONAL MEETING – Alliance of Retired Public Servants

The Alliance of Retired Public Servants (ARPS), of which ARCO is a member, has held a number of meetings with senior officials of key Government Departments on pension issues. Regional Meetings are being held countrywide by the ARPS Executive Committee to update retired Public Service Pensioners on these issues.

The Cork Regional Meeting will take place on Monday, 23rd March at 7.30 pm, at the Rochestown Park Hotel, Rochestown Road, Cork. 

Tea/coffee will be available from 7 pm. The meeting will be held in the Estuary Suite.

ARCO Members are encouraged to show their support by attending this meeting.

To read the Latest Alliance Newsletter please click HERE

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ATHLONE REGIONAL MEETING – Alliance of Retired Public Servants

ARCO Members will be aware that the Alliance of Retired Public Servants (ARPS), of which ARCO is a member, has held a number of meetings with senior officials of key Government Departments on pension issues. Regional Meetings are being organised countrywide by the ARPS Executive Committee to update retired Public Service Pensioners on these issues. The next Regional Meeting will take place on Monday, 2nd March at 7.30 pm, at the Sheraton Hotel, Athlone.

ARCO Members are encouraged to show their support by attending this meeting.

Added 1st March 2015: To read the Latest Alliance Newsletter please click HERE

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JAN 2015 REGIONAL MEETING – Alliance of Retired Public Servants

ARCO Members will be aware that the Alliance of Retired Public Servants (ARPS), of which ARCO is a member, has held a number of meetings with senior officials of key Government Departments on pension issues. Regional Meetings are being organised countrywide by the ARPS Executive Committee to update retired Public Service Pensioners on these issues. The next Regional Meeting will take place on Monday 26th January, 7 pm for 7.30 pm, at the Riverside Park Hotel & Leisure Club, The Promenade, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford.

+353 (0)53 9237800

info@riversideparkhotel.com

All ARCO Members are welcome to attend this meeting.

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Alliance of Retired Public Servants – DEVELOPMENTS

The Executive Officers of the Alliance of Retired Public Servants (ARPS) have held a number of meetings with senior officials of key Government Departments. Regional Meetings are being organised by the Executive Committee to update retired Public Service Pensioners countrywide. At a Regional meeting held in Limerick on 20th October 2014, the Alliance Chairman, Mr Brian Burke, stated that the main objectives of the Alliance were the restoration of pensions levels, the restoration of parity with salary increases and full negotiating rights for ARPS. There exists a fundamental discrimination between how the USC is applied to public service pensions and to private sector pensions and only marginal change to this was reflected in the recent budget.

While the Haddington Road Agreement contains specific provision for the restoration of salaries for serving public servants, no such formal commitment exists for the restoration of pensions.

Retired public service pensioners have no official negotiation rights and this situation needs to be addressed. The Industrial Relations Acts only deal with “Workers” and do not include or make provision for Public Service Pensioners. The Alliance is at present discussing these and other anomalies with Mr. Brendan Howlin, Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, and his staff.

The Alliance is writing to all Party Leaders to urge early restoration of pensions and progress with the USC. It will also write to all Oireachtas and EU Parliament members. Individuals will be encouraged to contact their local TDs.

Further Regional Meetings will be held in the coming months and an information document, outlining the key issues, will be prepared and distributed. ARCO members will be informed of the dates and locations of future meetings and are encouraged to attend these. The next meeting is being provisionally planned for the Wexford/Kilkenny area.

Alliance of Retired Public Servants

The Alliance of Retired Public Servants is a grouping that has met over the past number of months with a view to representing the views of pensioners.  ARCO has attended a number of these meetings and has decided to join the group.  The Alliance is now about to establish itself formally.

The Alliance has made representations to the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Mr. Brendan Howlin T.D., in relation to the restoration of full pension entitlements in the future.  The Minister’s response is contained in the Dáil record of 28 May 2013 (page 28-29 of this link and quoted below).

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 “I would add that as recently as yesterday, I met representatives of the Alliance of Retired Public Servants to hear at first hand their concerns about the impact of pension reductions on the lives of public service pensioners. As I indicated to them, I would genuinely wish economic circumstances were otherwise but the reality is the Government must continue to take all necessary steps to ensure the economic survival of the State, and this inevitably impacts across society.

I also informed the alliance representatives that it is my intention, as a matter of priority, to move towards reducing the burden of the public service pension reduction, with the initial focus on people in receipt of low pensions, at the earliest date economic progress permits. I am very aware of how critical this matter is for pensioners and I intend to keep this matter under review to see when we can begin to take steps to reduce the burden on public service pensioners in particular.”

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The matter was again alluded to by Mr. Brian Hayes T.D., Minister of State for Public Service Reform and the Office of Public Works, at the Committee Stage of the 2013 Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest Bill on 29 May 2013 – see extract below.

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“A number of Deputies raised the issue of the lack of consultation with public service pensioner groups about the introduction of revised public service pension reduction, PSPR, measures. It is worth pointing out when the first PSPR was introduced on 1 January 2011 there was absolutely no consultation with any pensioner groups and the measure was introduced unilaterally. On this occasion the Minister, Deputy Howlin, has introduced a further PSPR measure which will impact on less than a quarter of public service pensioners and the Minister and officials have met the Alliance of Retired Public Servants. He felt it was very important to show them the courtesy of meeting them to listen to their very genuine concerns and explain to them why, in the interests of equity, it was necessary that a further contribution would be sought from higher paid pensioners. As the Minister explained to them, it gives the Government no pleasure to have to take these measures, and we would all genuinely wish economic circumstances were otherwise, but the reality is the Government must take steps to ensure the economic survival of the State and this impacts throughout society. The additional reductions of between 2% and 5% could not be regarded as excessive, particularly at the lower bands.

On the question of representation, the Minister indicated to the Alliance of Retired Public Servants there would be advantages for public service pensioners and the Government to having a formalised structure, such as the alliance, for ongoing engagement on public service pension matters. I know Mr. Mulvey alluded to this in his remarks over the weekend. Effectively, they were not part of the process because they are not employees of the State; they are pensioners under existing conditions.

On a point of clarification, there was some confusion that the new PSPR rates applying to pensions of €32,500 would also be applied to spouses' pensions at €16,000. This is not correct. The only spouses' pensions that will be affected by these measures will be those spouses' pensions which are themselves over the €32,500 threshold. Retired public servants on a pension of €32,500 will have no reduction. The additional contribution or reduction, call it what one will, only kicks in at €32,500 and is progressive from 2% to 5%.”

Association of Retired Commissioned Officers