The Labor Court recommended that occupational pension arrangements be made for the heads of community employment plans. With the Chief Executive's supervisors conducting a one-day strike on pensions, hundreds of community employment plans across the country will be closed today.
They will also hold protests from Dublin Customs to the Treasury, where rallies will be held to call on the government to resolve controversial issues. The government stated that these staff members were not public servants and that meeting their demands could trigger incidents for compensation.
Over the past 30 years, more than 1,200 community employment program directors have supervised 900 state-funded services, from childcare to wheel meals. But they are not public officials-so when retiring, unlike government employees, they can only receive state pensions.
The Labor Court stated in a 2008 proposal that the state should implement occupational pension arrangements for them. But the Ministry of Public Expenditure and Reform disagrees. They believe that the supervisors are not civil servants, and giving them pensions may trigger claims.
Last year, Dáil heard that resolving the dispute could cost more than 347 million euros, despite union doubts. They estimate that today's 24-hour strike will close 450 plans.
In the so-called Section 39 agency, some workers with similar employment status will also enter the field-their austerity wages have not been restored at the request of government employees. They are expected to formally strike next Friday.