GSG 19-22 Payments due to Pensioners

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I am writing to you to highlight an issue of serious concern in relation to payments due to An Post Pensioners which are being unnecessarily held up for reasons that defy logic or understanding.

I attach copies of correspondence, relating to representations to the Minister for Communications, Energy & Natural Resources and the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform. Although both letters have been acknowledged, no response has been received.

Although the content of the attached correspondence is self-explanatory, I can summarise as follows:

  • Approximately 7,000 An Post Pensioners are due a 2% increase since 1st January 2022.
  • Since 2008 An Post Pensioners have received very modest increases totalling 2.5%.
  • The An Post Superannuation Scheme reported a surplus of €580m for 2021, which means the funding is available.
  • Agreement was concluded with all parties, including the relevant Departments, in 2013 on the criteria to apply to future increases.
  • There is no cost whatsoever to the exchequer.

While it is acknowledged final sign off is required by the respective Minister, it is not understood or accepted there should be such a delay in authorising the payments of this increase to An Post Pensioners.

I would therefore appreciate all Branches make representations to their local TDs and ask that they contact them and request the Ministers to authorise the payment without further delay.

The non-payment is creating additional, unfair and unnecessary financial hardship for already hard-pressed Pensioners of An Post, at these most difficult times. Branches should contact retired members and request they too contact their local TD. For your convenience I have emailed a template letter which can be used in making representations and I would ask that you include copies of the attached letters to the Ministers in your representations.

For your information, I am also aware of previous unacceptable delays by Government in authorising payments to pensioners in RTE and ESB, which suggests this unacceptable practice is the norm. Payments are due to pensioners in eir from the 1st July 2022 and I believe it is incumbent on us to ensure Government put in place speedy processes that guarantees timely payments for our retired colleagues.

Thanking you for your assistance with this matter. Should you require any additional information or clarification please do not hesitate to contact me.

Letter to Minister Ryan from Group of Unions re Pensioners Pay increase

Attachment 1 to GSG 19-22

Attachment 2 to GSG 19-22

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