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Old 19-11-2011, 02:17 PM
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Default why are we allowed to get away with those large pensions and greece are not?

When I read about the exorbitant pensions our public service people are getting paid, eg td's mary harney 130k,, b cowen 150k, and so on and then I read that greece have slashed pensions and pay in the public service, why did that not happen here? We are borrowing hand over fist to pay these forever but it is a financial impossibility to afford these payouts so why do we persist?

A lot of these pensions would cost in the region of 4-6million and would not be allowed in the private sector. Surely there must be a way they can be clawed back? It was all very well when the boom was in place but now with cut backs it follows they should be reduced immediately.

Is it the scenario that in a few years they will just get nothing!!
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Old 19-11-2011, 05:14 PM
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Considering how much our new beloved and much applauded President - the man of the people, the socialist, the spouter of high ideals - is pocketing I think there's little hope that other parasites - politicians and many public servants - will change.
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Old 19-11-2011, 05:24 PM
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Is it the scenario that in a few years they will just get nothing!!
Yes eventually there will be no road left for kicking the can. The trick is to retire before that happens.
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Old 19-11-2011, 06:02 PM
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Cancelling the payment of the lump sums would be a good start. How many people actually 'need' that lump sum on retirement?
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Old 19-11-2011, 06:46 PM
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I certainly will not be defending Mary Harney,Clowen Aherne etc however slashing pensions that individuals have long planned their retirement around is both unfair and wrong...but paying Clowen an annual pension of what?135k at 51 is just flat out nuts,no politician or civil servant should be able to receive a pension till they hit 67...

Just like the rest of us.
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Old 19-11-2011, 07:45 PM
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..... however slashing pensions that individuals have long planned their retirement around is both unfair and wrong...
It is not nice but over the last decade bricklayers made plans based on assumptions about the future, as did students, homeowners, estate agents, hoteliers and developers. Everyone has to accept change.

By changing retirement age, changing lump sums and possibly capping state pensions at Ä100k, the cost could be dramatically reduced without putting pensioners in to poverty.
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Old 19-11-2011, 08:32 PM
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They have put a USC on my €6,000 private pension to pay these public service people hugh pensions.
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Old 19-11-2011, 10:53 PM
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What about the money going to pay minister's spouses pensions and gratuities to their children until the age of 21? No-one annoyed about that?

I'm bloody horrified and I'm not even living in the country anymore!
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Old 20-11-2011, 04:05 AM
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They are our elites, our leaders and gave their lives to public service so you'll shut up and accept it
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Old 20-11-2011, 10:01 AM
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Ha, looks like the indo is taking heed of my post.

we have a lot to thank our leaders for and our great socialist has as always shown true colours. Am I right in assuming the President lives rent free for 7 years plus expenses and still gets paid 250k, for what??

noah
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Old 20-11-2011, 02:02 PM
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When I read about the exorbitant pensions our public service people are getting paid, eg td's mary harney 130k,, b cowen 150k, and so on and then I read that greece have slashed pensions and pay in the public service, why did that not happen here?
We have already slashed pay in the public service here. We've done it twice in fact.

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A lot of these pensions would cost in the region of 4-6million and would not be allowed in the private sector.
There are many, many people in the private sector with equivalent and larger pensions, particularly self-employed and business owners who control their own pensions.

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Is it the scenario that in a few years they will just get nothing!!
This is a very serious issue for public servants, and is leading many public servants I know to opt out of purchasing additional pension years. These Notional Service Purchase schemes are saving Govt money in the short term by reducing salary payments. If Govt don't provide more security and reassurance about the future, they will find more and more people opting out, so salary payments will increase.

On the broader issue, there is a very strong case for capping very large pension payments, and cancelling pension rights for those under 65.
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Old 20-11-2011, 03:10 PM
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When was public sector pay slashed?
They haven't even stopped paying increments.
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Old 20-11-2011, 09:17 PM
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When was public sector pay slashed?
First cut; http://www.rte.ie/news/2009/0203/economy.html
Second cut; http://blog.redoaktaxrefunds.ie/budg...ctor-pay-cuts/
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Old 20-11-2011, 11:01 PM
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Wasn't one of them a pension levy on your Rolls Royce pension?
Have increments continued to be paid?

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Old 20-11-2011, 11:19 PM
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Wasn't one of them a pension levy on your Rolls Royce pension?
Have increments continued to be paid?
Increments are paid to those who achieve their performance objectives.

No, the pension levy has nothing to do with pensions. People who get no pension are paying the pension levy.
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Old 21-11-2011, 09:01 AM
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Fair play Complainer, you have an answer for everything.

The ship is sinking but you're still at the bar trying to get one more free drink before it sinks!!!!
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Old 21-11-2011, 09:13 AM
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the pension levy has nothing to do with pensions. People who get no pension are paying the pension levy.
So if the pension levy was a paycut in disguise and nothing to do with pensions, that means there are many in the public sector who DO get a pension and make no contribution towards it? That could be an area where the government could get some revenue - asking public sector workers not currently contributing towards their pension to make at least a modest contribution.
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Old 21-11-2011, 09:38 AM
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Wasn't one of them a pension levy on your Rolls Royce pension?
To be fair, the previous government were quick to take the pension levy as a cut and say they 'cut pay' 14% to show how tought they were on the public sector.

The pension levy was a fudge. The government could say they cut pay. The unions could say they protected penion entitlements.

Whatever it is, with the pension levy, pay cut and other taxes, the PS wage bill is costing the exchequer a lot less than it did in 2008.
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Old 21-11-2011, 09:55 AM
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Fair play Complainer, you have an answer for everything.
I have this awful bad habit of letting the facts get in the way of a good rant. I promise to work on this for the future.
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The ship is sinking but you're still at the bar trying to get one more free drink before it sinks!!!!
What I'm trying to do is to find serious, credible solutions to our very, very serious crisis - solutions that minimise impacts on public services, and the many, many people who depend on public services.

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So if the pension levy was a paycut in disguise and nothing to do with pensions, that means there are many in the public sector who DO get a pension and make no contribution towards it? That could be an area where the government could get some revenue - asking public sector workers not currently contributing towards their pension to make at least a modest contribution.
You've just made a huge, illogical leap, along the following lines:

Complainer: There's a blue car.
Orka: Ah, all cars are blue, then.

Can I suggest that you educate yourself about the basics of public sector pensions so that we can have a sensible discussion on the subject. Your post above is completely factually wrong. I have neither the time nor the inclination to educate you on this. Let me know when you've done a bit of research and we can continue the discussion.
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Old 21-11-2011, 10:03 AM
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Increments are paid to those who achieve their performance objectives.

No, the pension levy has nothing to do with pensions. People who get no pension are paying the pension levy.
I agree that the pension levy was a pay cut, just a dishonest one which (wrongly) didnít include pensioners but talking about performance objectives as if they have any real impact on the level of increments paid is laughable. Can anyone find out what percentage of PS employees that were eligible for incremental pay rises failed to get them because they didnít achieve their performance objectives? If the bar is set low enough then everyone can fall over it and if thereís one think unions are good at its setting the bar low.
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