IMPACT says the Government is not going to announce a blanket increase in the public service retirement age, despite a report in the press today (Friday).
Along with other unions, IMPACT has been working to resolve the plight of public servants who are forced to retire at age 65, but cannot now access the state pension until they are 66. Discussions with the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (DPER) have been taking place under the auspices of the Public Service Stability Agreement (PSSA), which was recently backed by a large majority of IMPACT members.
On the basis of those talks, the union believes it will be possible to achieve an arrangement that gives civil and public servants the option of retiring when the state pension kicks in – currently age 66. However, there won’t be a requirement for “all” public servants to work until they are 66, as reported on the front page of today’s Irish Independent.
IMPACT has also told DPER that this is an issue across the economy – not just in the public service. Workers in any employment with a compulsory retirement age below age 66 are affected. The Irish Congress of Trade Unions has been working to achieve an economy-wide solution.