As I write this article in mid February I am looking forward to joining up with RMA colleagues and friends in the Hotel Westport, Westport Co. Mayo for our spring break on March 12th, 13th and 14th and I will give a full report on this break in our next issue.
Our Social and Cultural officer Richard has informed me that our Autumn break will take place on October 15th, 16th and 17th in Treacy’s Hotel, Waterford, costing €180 per person sharing with a single supplement of €10 per night for 3 nights dinner bed and breakfast. Booking form and more details will be up on our website after Easter and will be sent out to all members in late August.
The Annual General Meeting of the Retired Members Association will take place on May15th in the Anner Hotel, Thurles, Co Tipperary. Click here for details and booking form
Since its Biennial General Meeting in late September 2018, the Alliance of Retired Public Servants has been active in attempting to progress its priorities on behalf of all Public Service pensioners.
Its Officers have met twice, to formulate strategies and to co-ordinate deputations to meet with politicians, political advisers and Government Department officials.
Those priorities are: i) Preservation of Pension Parity for all Public Service pensions following the end of the PSSA in 2020; ii) A statutory Negotiation Platform for Public Service pensioners; iii) Full Pension Restoration (bring forward to Budget 2020 – October ’19 – the naming of the date by which full restoration will be effected). Also on the Alliance list a) correction of the Lump Sum calculation for those who retired since Feb 2012 – the 2009 cut was ignored -; b) elimination of the delays in paying the ‘catch-up’ payments to the same group; c) resolution of the USC anomaly – State pensions v Public Service pensions; d) elimination of means testing for the Household Benefits package for the 66 to 70 age group; e) restoration of the Medical Card for the 70+ age group, and f) Printed pension slips for all.
Alliance representatives have met with representatives of Fianna Fail and Labour, and meetings are scheduled with Sinn Fein, and a number of Independent TDs, and with DPER officials. A meeting will take place shortly with officials from the Public Services Committee of ICTU, whose support will be needed in the campaign to get negotiation rights for Public Service pensioners.
Delay in Pensions Increases
The RMA are aware in delays in the application of increases to their pensions which are due to some of our members and are in contact with PSSC and have written to TUI branches to ask Staff Reps on ETBs to raise the issue with their ETBs as the PSSC state that the delay is due to ETBs not furnishing details to them. We will continue to work on this and hope that it can be brought to a successful conclusion.
TUI Annual Congress
Our Chairperson Martin Hoye and myself have received invitations to attend the TUI Annual Congress at Easter and are looking forward to representing the RMA there. This year at the TUI Congress, TUI members will have the opportunity to show their support for two issues which are of significance to us as retired members and of significance for their own future. Motions will appear aiming to set up a ‘Benevolent Fund’ for the Union including its retired members. Also, delegates will hear about the importance of retaining ‘Pension Parity’ when the PSSA ends in 2020. This is an issue which will command the attention of all union members, retired or not.
Finally, colleagues, can I remind you that motions submitted for our own AGM in Thurles in May, will be circulated and you will have the opportunity to amend them for the first time, but such amendments must be submitted to me by May 1st (2 weeks before the AGM).
Dan Keane, RMA Secretary.