THE IRISH JOURNALIST
Newsletter of the National Union of Journalists in Ireland Spring 2020
Michelle Stanistreet, General Secretary, with RTÉ journalists and branch activists at the launch of the Save RTÉ campaign. From left, John Kilraine, Paul Reynolds, Michelle Stanistreet, Emma O’Kelly, Robert Short, Ciara Ni Bhroin, Fran McNulty. Photo: Maxwell.
Pensions gap, a crisis for all ages By Séamus Dooley, Irish Secretary
As voters prepare to go to the polls on February 8th, the NUJ endorses the strong stand taken by the broader trade union movement against the increase in the State pension age to 67. Through the Irish Congress of Trade Unions, we
have long advocated a strategic approach to retirement policy in this country and we welcome the cross party consensus on the need to address the gap between the traditional retirement age of 65 and the Department of Social Protection pension scheme.
While many of the policies are vague there is at least a belated awareness that we are facing a pensions crisis. We support the Stop 67 campaign launched by SIPTU in the run-up to the General Election. This is not an issue for one group of workers and
we must reject the notion that the current campaign is of interest only to retired or soon to retire workers. Pension fairness is a matter for workers of all ages and their families.
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BDC coverage, pp2, 6-8 ; Saving RTÉ, pp3-5 ; Pay claim lodged, p9; Age discrimination win, p13; Freelance Forum returns in March, p15
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