SIPTU representatives call for respect for all public servants stay working beyond 65
SIPTU representatives have today (Thursday, 27th December) welcomed the signing of the Public Service Superannuation (Age of Retirement) Bill by the President of Ireland but warned that some concerns over the rate of pay for those workers who chose to stay in the public service remain outstanding.
SIPTU Health Division Organiser, Paul Bell, said: “While we welcome this development, the Public Service Superannuation (Age of Retirement) Bill still does not address some of our members concerns.
Many members working in the health service, some of whom had up to 30 years’ service, suffered the injustice of being put back to the first point of the scale when they applied to stay on beyond 65 when the state pension was raised to 66 years of age.
He added: “Until that issue is resolved and all workers who were forced to stay on beyond the age of 65 are treated with the same respect our campaign will continue. If not, pay inequity will rear its head again in the public service despite all the efforts made to address the new entrants issue which was addressed and will come into operation March 2019.”