Minister of State and Kildare South Fine Gael TD Martin Heydon has welcomed progress on the long running campaign for occupational pension arrangements for community employment supervisors.

“Community Employment (CE) Supervisors and Assistant Supervisors carry out vital roles in our communities providing vital services to many community groups assisting elderly, helping people in long term unemployment, keeping our neighbourhoods clean and tidy and supporting many local clubs and voluntary organisations in their day to day activities.

“I have been working with Kildare CE Supervisors and Assistant Supervisors for many years now to assist them to reach a workable solution to their long running pension issue following a recommendation from the Labour Court in 2008.

“I have now received confirmation from my colleague Minister Heather Humphreys that following consistent engagement with trade union representatives of the CE Supervisors and Assistant Supervisors, her Department in conjunction with the Department of Public Expenditure has reached agreement on a proposal to identify a possible resolution.

“Details of this proposal will now be conveyed to the unions to give them an opportunity to brief their members.  I hope this proposal is another step on the road to reaching a conclusion to this long running issue which has caused considerable distress for many working in our communities.  I will continue to work with Minister Humphreys and liaise with local Kildare Supervisors to keep them updated on the process.