Current Issue, 18th December 2014

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NEWS ANALYSIS

Airport pension row - individual 'signup' could undermine union role
With the Aer Lingus pension proposals now over the line, the focus is now on the state airports, who are offering workers the option of signing up as individuals in the absence of official union acceptance.
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PENSION - ANALYSIS

Waterford Crystal deal - a precedent for other troubled schemes?
Last week's €178 million settlement of the Waterford Crystal pensions case has given rise to hopes that it may set a precedent for other schemes.  But any such precedent seems to be limited to similar double insolvency cases and even for them, the prospects are far from clear.
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PAY & CHANGE

In assessing paybill cuts, Howlin's department gears up for new era
The legal position regarding pay-setting in the public service will have to be addressed as part of future remuneration arrangements, according to research on the public sector pay and pensions bill conducted by the Department of Public Expenditure & Reform.
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