CONCERNS WERE EXPRESSED BY MEMBERS ABOUT THE HUGE IMPACT OF AUSTERITY MEASURES ON PENSIONERS.
The Council of the Retired Civil and Public Servants’ Association (RCPSA) is issuing the attached Press Release with an EMBARGO until Monday 9th July, 2012.
The RCPSA represents 11,000 members, retired from the Civil Service, An Post and Eircom.
The Press Release is issued following the recent AGM of the Association at which serious concerns were expressed by members about the huge impact of austerity measures on pensioners and the extent to which the position of civil service pensioners (the average pension paid to civil servants is €19,000 per annum) is misrepresented in public. The AGM was also concerned at a simplistic approach which frequently denigrates the public service and sees further cuts as a panacea to economic ills.
The RCPSA believes that public service pensioners are prepared to pay their fair share towards recovery but they are entitled to expect that everybody on the same income as them will be treated in the same way.
Queries about the attached Press Release will be dealt with by Sean O Riordain (Tel. 051 397755 Mobile 087 2521072 and e-mail mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org , a Council member acting as Association spokesperson on this occasion. Sean O Riordain is a former senior official of the Department of the Taoiseach and former General Secretary of the Association of Higher Civil and Public Servants.