RMA News September 2021
As the new school year starts, it is now time for you as retired members to re-engage with RMATUI. You have recently received post concerning a number of matters.
If you are not yet on Direct Debit or Deduction at Source from the PSSC, it is now time to respond to the renewal letter. Your Subscription of €25.00 and the form should be returned by September 30th if possible.
Extra-ordinary General Meeting (EGM)
The Management Committee have called an EGM for the 19th of October in the Rose Hotel, Tralee. This is necessary to adopt the RMA accounts for 2019/2020 and 2020/2021 as no AGM could be held in May 2020 or MAY 2021. You have received notice of this EGM and the programme for that afternoon.
No Breaks took place since the very successful Autumn 2019 Break in Waterford (Treacy’s Hotel). This year, the Break is taking place in the Rose Hotel in Tralee on October 19th , 20th and 21st. It is hoped to run the Break as normal with tours on the Wednesday and hopefully Thursday. We have organised the break on the strict understanding that all participating members are fully vaccinated.
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Retired Workers Representation Bill
You may be aware that at the end of June Deputy Brid Smith tabled a Bill in Dáil Eireann to amend Industrial Relations Legislation to allow for access to the Workplace Relations Commission and the Labour Court for bodies representing Retired Workers. The Government amended her Bill which has resulted in a twelve month ‘Consultation’ period being introduced. We expect the Consultation process to commence shortly. To facilitate the process, an ad-hoc ‘umbrella’ group has come together under the banner of the Senior Citizens Parliament. This group includes the Alliance of Retired Public Servants and groups representing retirees from the Semi-State Sector. While it is regrettable that the ICTU failed to demonstrate support for the Bill, it is acknowledged that it will require further amendments. That the Government did not attempt to vote it down is due in no small way to the volume of lobbying carried out by members of the Alliance and other Retired Associations including RMATUI. More detailed information about the Pensioners’ Representation Bill is available here https://www.rmatui.ie/industrial-relations-amendments-bill/.
While we are aware that some RMA Branches have held regular Zoom meetings during the ‘lockdown’, many did not. Now that all our members should be vaccinated, it is time to resume ‘normal business’. Where possible, we would encourage RMA Branches to resume meetings, noting that AGMs should be held in October.
If you are aware of colleagues who have retired this year or last year, please encourage them to join us. It is worth noting that some may be retiring at the end of October this year, or between then and the end of the year (1% rise due on Oct 1st). You can now join the RMATUI membership by applying online or downloading application form here https://www.rmatui.ie/join/
Finally, we hope to see many of you in the Rose Hotel in October for the EGM and the Autumn Break. In the meantime stay safe – wear that mask – wash those hands and stay healthy.
Dan Keane: RMATUI National Secretary Martin Hoye: National Chairperson