Minister meets CE supervisors over pension issue

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Minister Simon Harris TD met CE scheme supervisors from across the county on Wednesday afternoon last in Mountbellew at the invitation of local TD Paul Connaughton to discuss the lack of pension rights for CE supervisors.

Speaking following the meeting, Deputy Connaughton said, ‘The meeting was organised due to the fact that CE scheme supervisors currently have no pension rights. The Department of Social Protection provides the funding for their employment but states that the supervisors are employed by the local community groups who sponsor the scheme, even though these community groups do not have the wherewithal to pay pensions to former supervisors.

‘At the meeting the Minister heard from retired CE scheme supervisors, some of whom have no pension entitlements despite having overseen hugely important work for the local community over the course of many years. This is an anomaly that must be addressed and it is an issue which has caused difficulty for CE scheme supervisors for over 20 years.

‘I invited Minister Harris to Mountbellew to meet with the supervisors and hear at first-hand their stories and the plight they find themselves in upon retirement. The meeting was also attended by a trade union representative Eddie Mullen.

‘The supervisors put forward a very strong case for Minister Harris to bring to Minister Brendan Howlin and hopefully a resolution can be found for this long-running issue. It is important that people who gave so many years work to their local communities do not find themselves disadvantaged upon retirement and it is also important that the Department of Social Protection, which advocates proper pension provision for workers, leads the way in terms of ensuring that CE scheme supervisors are properly catered for on retirement.’