You are:

News

Return to news listings

C.I.E Welfare Scheme

17 December 2012

The TSSA along with the other unions meet with CIE and the subsidiary companies this morning 17 December on the Welfare scheme issue.

The company put forward the following proposals for the scheme.

CIE welfare scheme for Salaried Staff:

1. Payments to be made at 100% of basic pay for 13 weeks

2. Period following which full benefit will be restored to be increased from 26 weeks to 52

CIE welfare scheme for Regular Wages Grades:

1. Payment of basic pay only (no bonus payments) to be made for a total of 13 weeks as follows:

- 100% for the first two weeks

- 70% for the next four weeks

- 60% for the next seven weeks

2. Period following which full benefit will be restored to be increased from 26 weeks to 52 weeks

Critical illness

In the case of critical illness as defined and certified by the chief medical officer payment of sickness benefit will be for a further 13 weeks i.e. total of 26 weeks. In the case of salaried staff payment will be at the 100% rate. In the case of wages staff payment will be at the 60% rate. The period following which full benefit will be restored will be 52 weeks.

Throughout this process of discussions with CIE and the subsidiary companies the TSSA along with the other unions made our position clear that it is our view that the welfare scheme makes up a core component of your conditions of service and is not something to be just handed away. We do not see the merits or fairness in the proposals from the C.I.E group that looks to punish workers if they are unfortunate to fall ill or get injured and it certainly does not take consideration of the nature of the transport industry that puts workers at the threat of injury and illness.

This proposal is a clear watering down of the Welfare scheme that will see workers hit financially if they are unfortunate to fall ill or suffer an injury. Basically the proposal chops in half your rights and entitlements under the scheme. It is now becoming clear enough is enough! The constant chipping away at your terms and conditions needs to stop. It is just not acceptable that a scheme that was hard won in the past to protect workers when they are at their most vulnerable should be attacked.

The recent actions by Bus Eireann to arbitrary attack and rip up workers terms and conditions and this attack on the welfare scheme gives us grave concern. It appears to us that the Bus Eireann workers will just be the first in line and workers in the other CIE group of companies will also come under attack if we let them away with it.

It is now crucial that as a union we look to act to defend our rights and entitlements. We will be going out to our members in Bus Eireann to ballot for action as are the other trade unions. We will also be looking at speaking with members in the other CIE group of companies for taking action as it is only a matter of time before they come after you if they are successful in attacking the Welfare Scheme and imposing what amounts to pay cuts and other major changes to terms and conditions in Bus Eireann.

Return to news listings

Join TSSA

 

 

Directory