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Taxpayers getting shafted once again

The Irish Times – Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Q&A

MARTIN WALL

Who will benefit from the early retirement/voluntary redundancy schemes? 

The schemes will be primarily aimed at staff in managerial/administrative and clerical grades in the HSE, voluntary hospitals and in voluntary health service agencies funded by the HSE. They will also be offered to support staff, such as catering, portering, cleaning and maintenance personnel. Approval for applications from these grades will depend on the number of management and administrative staff who apply and on the basis of the overall budget for the scheme not being breached.

How many people will leave? 

This will very much depend on the categories of staff who opt for the packages. The Government has capped the budget for the schemes at €400 million and if a large number of senior managers choose to go, it will restrict the overall numbers.

Minister for Health Mary Harney said about 4,000 managerial and administrative staff could leave. The HSE said it was estimating that between 3,000 and 5,000 personnel could go.

How do the two schemes differ? 

There is a voluntary early retirement scheme, which is open to employees over 50. This provides for immediate payment of pension entitlements on retirement with no actuarial reduction in respect of payment prior to minimum retirement age. Full lump-sum entitlement will also be paid and payments will not take into account the salary cuts introduced in the public service earlier this year.

The voluntary redundancy scheme will involve a severance payment of three weeks’ pay per year of service in addition to statutory entitlements, subject to an overall limit of two years’ pay. This could see some senior managers getting €300,000.

Is there a deadline for applying? 

Applications will have to be submitted by November 19th. Staff who take a package must leave the health service by December 30th.

Will all applications be accepted? 

Applications from managerial/ administrative staff will be prioritized and will be approved automatically, subject to the overall €400 million budget not being breached.

How will services be maintained? 

Management plans to use the provisions of the Croke Park agreement to redeploy staff or introduce more flexible work practices. Much will depend on the type of staff who actually leave. It may be easier to maintain services in administrative areas than if a large number of porters or catering staff, for example, from one organization took the packages.

Why are these packages on offer now? 

Since the establishment of the HSE in 2005 there have been questions raised as to why there was no rationalization of administrative and managerial staff given that 11 health boards were being amalgamated. On at least two occasions in recent years the HSE and the Department of Health drew up proposals for a voluntary redundancy scheme but these were rejected by the Department of Finance.

source http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/ireland/2010/1102/1224282482579.html

Comment:

Having signed the Croke Park deal the government now have realized it was a disaster for the taxpayers of the country with 70% of the Health Services Budget going on salaries, this commitment should never have happened because the country could not afford to shelter any group of state employees if it was going to make any real savings  

So Not only is the HSE now closing down services and hospital beds they have now found 450,000,000:00 Euros to allow these middle management to retire laden down with these bumper benefits

Earlier this year we were told citizens will have to work an extra 3 years for the state pension (68)

With this deal thousands of state workers get to have their state pension up to 18 years earlier and this when the country is broke?

We the taxpayers were told back in 2005 that the rationalization of administrative and managerial staff was one of the reasons for the establishment of the HSE in the First place, given that 11 health boards were being amalgamated.

Now the taxpayers are again getting a raw deal here and the ordinary Joe public is been shafted once again having to foot the bill again! If you thought things were bad in the Health Service think again we are about to feel real pain now thanks to Harney.

Harney your hands are stained with blood and you know the country hasn’t got this 450 million it has to be borrowed why don’t you go and take all your cronies with you?

The right to work Campaign (3)

Liz Mc Manus on cuts in the Old Age Pension

Labour TD Liz McManus has expressed her grave concern that the Minister for

Social Protection is considering making cuts in the Old Age Pension at

Budget time.

“The Minister’s suggestion that the State Pension could be cut in the next

Budget is very worrying”, said Deputy Liz McManus. “Minister O Cuív has

said he cannot rule out a cut to the State pension because other people

also have a valid claim on the Social Protection budget.

“I am very concerned about this issue because unlike any other social

welfare claimant, a pensioner has virtually no chance of supplementing

their income. They cannot enter training, back-to-work or Community

Employment schemes and the vast majority cannot pick up part-time work.

“By the time the Budget is produced in December, inflation will be on the

rise putting pensioners under extra pressure in 2011. For many older

people reliant on the State Pension a cut would have serious consequences

and could push some into poverty.

“It should also be remembered that pensioners have been hit by prescription

charges, the carbon tax and a 2% cut in their pensions already. If the

Minister is that concerned about his budget he should be pushing Brian

Lenihan to rake in some money by halting tax breaks for the filthy rich.

“Old Age Pensioners are already feeling intimidated as they are receiving

forms from the Department of Social Protection requesting details about any

change in their circumstances. While I am totally in agreement in cutting

down on fraud, these letters are causing unnecessary alarm for elderly

people.

“Minister Lenihan says he must find €3 billion in the next Budget but he

doesn’t have to cut any welfare payments to do it”,

concluded Deputy McManus..

Comment

No Lenihan and Co can find all the billions they like for the banks and by doing so he wants to rob the Old Age Pensioners

This of course is a kite and the crooks in government are testing the waters ,the next kite will be a rumours amount say 30 Euros less for the pension and then closer to the budget they will take maybe 15 Euros and everybody will take a sigh of relief and think they got off lightly

These Gangsters must be dragged and kicking and screaming out of Lenster House

so show up next Tuesday outside the Dail and show them we mean business!

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