Dáil Éireann - Volume 595 - 14 December, 2004
Written Answers - Pension Provisions.
Mr. Kenny Mr. Kenny
162. Mr. Kenny asked the Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources when retired workers from An Post will receive retrospective payments from 1 November 2003, under Sustaining Progress; the efforts being made to have these payments made; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [33134/04]
Mr. English Mr. English
167. Mr. English asked the Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources if An Post will be instructed to pay the 3% increase in the pensions of retired An Post pensioners; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [33176/04]
Mr. N. Dempsey Mr. N. Dempsey
Mr. N. Dempsey:I propose to take Questions Nos. 162 and 167 together.
 I acknowledge the difficulties created for pensioners by the current position in An Post, which I regret. Authority to implement pension increases was delegated to An Post by the Department on 26 May 1989. Traditionally, An Post has granted increases to serving staff in line with national pay agreements. Increases to pensioners have then subsequently been applied in line with increases granted to serving staff.
The current position arises because of the ongoing failure of management and unions to agree payment and productivity terms in light of the current financial position of An Post. Due to the non-payment of Sustaining Progress increases to serving employees in An Post, the company had decided that pensioners would not be paid the increases, as the practice has been to maintain parity between pay and pensions. Notwithstanding this position, I have expressed my concern to the board and management of An Post about the position regarding pensioners and discussions between relevant Departments and officials on the matter are ongoing.
Dáil Éireann 595 Written Answers Pension Provisions.