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Retired Workers Must Have a Voice in Decisions Affecting Pensions

Published 29/06/2021


(Tuesday 29 June 2021) Age Action supports the campaign of the Retired Semi-State Staff Associations, on behalf of retired workers, to strengthen their rights in relation to representation and participation in issues concerning their occupational pension schemes.

Age Action calls for cross-government support for the Industrial Relations (provisions in respect of pension entitlements of retired workers) Bill 2021, coming before the Dáil on June 30, which aims to give retired workers a voice and access to the Workplace Relations Commission in situations where their pension scheme is being changed.

People who are employed or self-employed have access to institutions such as trade unions, professional associations, chambers of commerce and the WRC which they can use to raise issues that affect them. However, upon retirement, there is a lack of developed structures to support people to claim their rights, including the right to participation in public affairs.

Age discrimination has been recognised in the Equal Status Acts since 2000 and in the Employment Equality Acts since 1998. Yet there is a lack of infrastructure to ensure that the rights of older people with respect to their age are respected, protected and fulfilled. The campaign of the retired workers to achieve representation and access to the WRC will not only benefit people who are retired now but future generations of retired workers.



Budget Emergency Measures Protect Older Persons This Winter But €12 Increase in the State Pension is a Cut in Spending Power

(Tuesday 27 September 2022) Age Action welcomes emergency measures in Budget 2023 to help older persons cope with the cost of living this winter. The announced double pension payments and the electricity credits are a welcome recognition by the Government that many older persons are struggling with basic costs like food, energy and running a car in rural Ireland. In addition, lump sum payments for those living alone or in receipt of Fuel Allowance will target those who are most at risk of poverty.