Wake Up to Public Pension Reform
5 April 2012
The recent changes to the age at which the public pensions become payable and the qualification rules will have a very severe impact on private sector workers particularly women and the lower paid.
The changes were introduced with no public debate and with little consideration of the impact of the changes on many aspects of public policy and working life. Congress believes that the changes beg several questions which need to be considered, such as:
- Are the proposed changes falling unfairly on those on lower incomes and a lower life expectancy?
- Will the new qualification rules adversely affect female workers who already suffer pension disadvantages?
- Will employers continue to retire workers at 65 years regardless of whether they qualify for a pension or not?
- Should the public pension age be the same for the lower paid who have no occupational pension provision as for high earners who have little need of a public pension?
- Should the rules of the Occupational Pension Scheme change to accommodate the reduced public pension entitlement?
- Will death in service benefits become unsustainably expensive?
- Should the public pension age be the same for a manual worker whose working life begins at 16 years of age and an architect whose working life begins at 26 years of age?
- Is it equitable to reduce workers' pension entitlement as they come towards the end of their careers or is there a case for introducing change more gradually and equitably?
- Is there a fairer road to the reform of public pensions?
Who should attend
Trade Union representatives, trustees of occupational pension funds, , pension and insurance professionals, social and public policy experts, human resource specialists, anti- poverty campaigners and all those with an interest in issues affecting older people.
Croke Park Conference Centre