The Collective Network of Retired Workers under the aegis of the Irish Senior Citizens Parliament are holding a support rally outside the DAIL, tomorrow Wednesday 19th @ 12.30pm. There will be short Press Conference in advance of this, in Buswells Hotel on @ 11.00am.
The representatives of the Irish Senior Citizens Parliament and the Collective Network who together represent 500,000 pensioners will then meet with Minister Neale Richmond to outline concerns and address the inaccuracies cited in his response to this Bill.
The rally and Press Conference aim to highlight the delays and lack of progress in relation to the INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS (PROVISIONS IN RESPECT OF PENSION ENTITLEMENTS OF RETIRED WORKERS) BILL 2021.
The Bill supports the rights of retired workers to have a say in any negotiations that will impact their pension provision. To date retired workers have been left out of this process and this has resulted in pension poverty for many retired workers as there has been a cumulative effect over the years.
Retired workers believe that it is the Government plan to let them ‘age out’ as this battle has been going on now for over 15 years. Many of the members who started this campaign have sadly passed away without seeing any change to the lack of equality for retired workers.
The Bill proposed by Brid Smith is the first serious attempt to address this inequality.