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Protect Pensions and Stop Solvent Firms walking away from their responsibilities
Tomorrow Seanad Éireann under the Social Welfare Bill 2016 will debate an amendment to the Pensions Act 1990 by inserting a new section 48A.
If passed this new section will ensure that
“ A solvent firm shall not be allowed to close a defined benefit pension scheme except where the scheme has reached a minimum 90 per cent funding standard.”.”.
Not a lot to ask, many of you might say, but let us see whether our Senators step up to the mark and do it.
We are urging all Senators to support this amendment and show they care for all of us. The manner in which members of schemes in solvent companies are being treated is a matter of serious concern. It must stop and now is the time to do it.
A pension to a worker is a promise to pay that which they and their employer contributed to during their working lives. It was taken account in pay negotiations. Surely you will agree it is not fair to seek to take it twice. The present situation where pensioners and deferred pensioners have no “Right Of Audience” for redress is a travesty. The only option for people to seek redress is through costly litigation to the courts which individuals and many of their representative bodies cannot afford.
We need change and if passed this amendment will be a first step to highlight the inequities where people who have contributed and paid into such schemes over many years are short changed and left in dire straits.
We need reform of the total pension system both Social Welfare and Occupational Pensions to ensure that pension rights are protected and that the position of women is included in such reform.
It is up to all Senators to vote to start that reform tomorrow.
Contact Mairead Hayes 086 349 8848
14th October 2016
Pensions increase must be paid from January 2017
Reports from media sources today bring us the good news that the amount of money available to Government for BUDGET 2017 has increased by at least €200 million bringing total available spend to at least €1.2billion. At the same time media sources also report that the payment of the “promised” €5 to pensioners maybe deferred.
Any deferral of the payment beyond January 1st would be a retrograde step. For older people the months after Christmas are very bleak and lonely. There is a flat feeling after Christmas with very little to look forward to, except additional heating bills and confinement to home base due to inclement weather and shortage of money.
Seniors Ireland recognise that “leaks” and “wish lists” are part of the normal jostling and lobbying, within the same party, between coalition partners and also the parties who support the government. However if the question of a deferral of this payment to older people is being used in this way then we say it is cynical and should stop now. It is causing anxiety to older people that money promised to them in Party Manifestos will not be granted and paid with effect from 1st January 2016.
Mairead Hayes CEO today called for Minister for Social Protection, Leo Varadkar T.D. to publicly address this matter and to stand up for and support pensioners to ensure that they receive the payment with effect from 1st January 2017”.
Contact Mairead Hayes 086 349 8848
7th October 2016
The Irish Senior Citizens Parliament:
This position will play a pivotal role in achieving the objective of the Irish Senior Citizens Parliament (ISCP). There will be a particular emphasis on the divisional structure of the Parliament’s member organisations at local level with the aim of increasing the participation of Older People as active citizens engaged and socially included within their communities.
The successful applicant will have
- Knowledge and understanding of the issues affecting the lives of older people in Ireland today and for the future would be essential;
- Experience of working in partnership with individuals and organisations across the Community & Voluntary and Statutory Sectors would be an asset;
- Ability to positively engage with Older People would be essential;
- Proven experience of development and collaborative working would be a valuable asset;
- Experience of working in a similar role would be desirable
- Ability to advocate and represent Older People is desirable.
- Empathy and a genuine liking for older people
- The ability to work effectively with diverse groupings of older people
- Excellent interpersonal skills;
- Demonstrable written and verbal communication skills;
- Good knowledge of MS Office and excellent presentation skills
- The ability to use social media
- The ability to work on own initiative
- The ability to engage effectively with all stakeholders
- A passion to make Ireland a better place to grow old in.
For further details on how to apply please refer to the Job Description and Application Form below.
You are required to complete the Application Form and send it with a Cover Letter outlining how you meet the criteria for this position and the reasons why you should be considered for interview.
Please email both documents to email@example.com to arrive by 4pm on Friday 16th September.
Screening of candidates will take place based on the information contained in the Application Form and the Cover Letter.
Location: Based in Dublin
Hours: 35 hours per week
Interviews: Will take place on either Tuesday 20th or Wednesday 21st September.
This position is funded by the Scheme to Support National Organisations which is administered by Pobal and funded by the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government
Age will not be a barrier to appointment to the Irish Senior Citizens Parliament as we are opposed to any form of discrimination on the basis of age.
The Irish Senior Citizens Parliament are urging all senior citizens to got out and vote on Friday 26th February. It is important that the strong record of voting, which older people have held in this country for many years, is maintained in this election and that senior citizens have a strong voice in the future shape of the next government.
In urging all senior citizens to go out and vote, we are not in any way attempting to tell you who to vote for, but rather asking that you to DO VOTE.
Your vote maybe critical in your constituency and if you do not vote you will have passed up on your opportunity to influence the shape of the next government.
What we want for senior citizens is a government who will introduce policies that will make Ireland the best little country to grow old in. We recognise that older people are not all the same and so there are varying ASKS among our members. We know because you told us that income and access are the two most important issues. Access covers a broad range of services including health and services to name but two. What older people say they want is certainty and so in voting look to see where there is some element of incremental change.
Look at the issues which are important to you and in considering your choice examine carefully the Manifestos which have been issued by parties and those independents who do not belong to any party.
The Irish Senior Citizens Parliament is committed to wanting the implementation of the National Positive Ageing Strategy, which is a blueprint for an Ireland which would be the best little country to grow old in. That is why we joined with other groups in the Earn Our Vote campaign around three agreed policies.
Friday 26th is your opportunity to influence the position of older people over the next five years. Before you vote we ask you to consider and examine the pledges and promises made by the parties and independent candidates in relation to the issues that are important to you and your family.