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To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if the initiative proposed by the Secretary General of his Department, and the Department of Jobs Enterprise and Innovation, to the Expert Panel in relation to the Irish Airlines (General Employees) Superannuation Scheme dispute, has addressed the fact that the substantial changes to the terms and conditions of employment of employees of the airport police and fire service, involving medical, and fitness, tests, and a five-year increase in retirement age, is a major factor in the rejection of the proposal by staff in the Dublin Airport Authority and the Shannon Airport Authority; and if they have plans to address this.

Clare Daly.

 

For ORAL answer on Tuesday, 10th March, 2015.

Ref No:

9991/15 Lottery: 32 Proof: 150

Answered by the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport

Paschal Donohoe

REPLY

As indicated in my response to PQ no.124 following completion of its engagement with daa and the unions, the Final Determination of the Expert Panel was published yesterday.

In its Determination, a copy of which can be found on my Department’s website, the Expert Panel has, inter alia, made recommendations regarding pension and medical arrangements for the Airport Fire and Police Service in daa and Shannon Airport Authority.

The document states that the unions have confirmed that the June 2014 Report together with this Determination are to be put to an immediate ballot/reballot to all members to be conducted as quickly as possible.  It also states that the unions “confirmed that it will be made clear to members that this outcome is the absolute best that can be achieved in negotiations.”

Now that the unions themselves recognise that this is the absolute best that can be achieved, I urge all concerned to vote for a positive outcome in the ballot.  This will mean that the IASS issues can be resolved once and for all and that staff in daa and Shannon Airport Authority will finally have clarity and certainty about their future pension arrangements.

 

To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the progress of the initiative proposed on 2 December 2014 by the Secretary General of his Department and the Department of Jobs Enterprise and Innovation, to the Expert Panel in relation to the IASS dispute, in view of recent information which showed that there was a very significant difference between the DAA’s assumptions and the assumptions recommended by the Society of Actuaries in Ireland when DB schemes are in trouble; and if he will ask the DAA/Shannon Airport Authority to lift the imposed deadline of 15 March, 2015 on signing waivers to allow these issues to be addressed; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

 – Clare Daly.

For ORAL answer on Tuesday, 10th March, 2015.

Ref No:

9990/15 Lottery: 6

Answered by the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport

Paschal Donohoe

REPLY

The basis for the question, as submitted by the Deputy, is that there is a significant difference between the actuarial assumptions recommended by the Society of Actuaries in Ireland and those used by daa to calculate its capital contribution to resolving the IASS problem.

The Deputy’s information here is incorrect.  The assumptions used by daa followed the standard guidelines used by the Society of Actuaries in Ireland, as recommended by the Expert Panel.

One union chose not to accept these assumptions and claimed that they were inappropriate.  Consequently, ICTU engaged its own actuarial consultants to carry out an independent review.  This review, which I reiterate was commissioned by ICTU, found that the assumptions were indeed appropriate.   As a result, the question of the assumptions ceased to be an issue in the engagement between the Expert Panel and the unions.

That engagement is now complete and the final determination of the Expert Panel was published yesterday.  The Deputy will be aware that the unions have agreed to put the determination of the Expert Panel to an immediate ballot  and have confirmed that it will be made clear to members that this outcome is the absolute best that can be achieved in negotiations.

I wish to thank the Expert Panel for their immense work in delivering this agreement and I also wish to thank all parties to the engagement for their constructive approach.

The deadline of 15 March for the submission of waivers is a matter for daa and Shannon Airport Authority.