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Public Consultation on retired workers’ access to industrial relations mechanisms for pension related issues opened by Minister English

Minister of State for Business, Employment and Retail, Damien English TD has today announced the launch of a public consultation to seek the views of interested parties on a proposal for the introduction of a statutory right for retired persons to be included in collective trade disputes, and how to balance the proposed new rights for retired persons with the current rights and interests of workers and employers who engage in the bargaining process.

Announcing the consultation, Minister English said:

“I welcome this public consultation process as it is important to ensure that we get the views of all stakeholders and that the voices of retired workers in particular are heard on this issue.  I would especially welcome comments and suggestions on any new or enhanced methods of consultation or alternative ways in which we might assist retired workers in engaging on pension related issues.  The outcome of this consultation process will help feed into the Government’s policy response.”

To ensure that the views of all stakeholders are considered, submissions are now invited during a six-week public consultation period from Friday, 11 March to Friday, 22 April 2022.

A link to the public consultation can be found at Consultation on retired workers access to industrial relations mechanisms for pension related issues.