Current Issue, 17th September 2014
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Lead News Items
The general secretary of the ICTU, David Begg, will tell colleagues this week of his intention to stand down in March of next year. The hunt for his replacement starts in October, with a ‘designate’ possibly in place by January 2015, six months ahead of the next Congress biennial delegate conference.
A Polish worker who was discriminated on the ground of gender and race, as well as suffering victimisation, has been awarded over €63,000 by the Equality Tribunal, which commented that the complainant had “found herself immediately threatened with false disciplinary charges when she exercised her right of complaint under the respondent’s own policies”.
Tanaiste and Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton has agreed in principle to meet representatives of the deferred members of the Aer Lingus and the state airports pension scheme, who are seeking the same protection as pensioners.
Compliance a central issue for any new REA in construction sector
New research on the construction industry, drawing from interviews with key industry players on Registered Employment Agreements (REAs), found that compliance will remain a key issue if any new REA emerges. It also points up differences between housebuilding and the industrial/commercial construction firms. (Read more>)
Pensions Authority threatens to use new powers against 61 underfunded schemes
A crackdown on up to 61 defined benefit schemes that are not meeting the funding standard is planned by the Pensions Authority, which is ready to use its new powers to impose cuts in pension benefits.
'Enforced Access Request' section of law on data protection now in place
It is now a criminal offence for employers to request employees or prospective employees to make a data access request seeking copies of personal data, which is then made available to the employer or prospective employer.