ECUMENICAL SERVICE HELD FOR THOSE WHO DIED (TOTAL 144)IN THE LAST 12 MONTHS
PENSION INCOME CUTS TO AER LINGUS/DAA PENSIONERS JAN-OCT 2015 c€5.0m
AER LINGUS/DAA AND TRUSTEES IMPOSED SECTION 50 DEBT REPAYMENT ON OUR MONTHLY INCOME
OCTOBER 2015 ANOTHER MONTH OF MFS DEBT DEDUCTIONS FROM OUR PAY WITHOUT OUR CONSENT - WITH NO COMPENSATION/MITIGATION
REPAYING A MFS WIND UP SECTION 50 DEBT THAT WE DID NOT KNOW WE HAD & ACTUARIALLY CALCULATED USING BUY-OUT EXTERNAL ANNUITY RATES.
LEGAL CASE CHALLENGING THESE UNILATERAL CUTS
DETAILS OF HOW YOU CAN VOLUNTARY SUPPORT OUR LEGAL CHALLENGE WITH DONATIONS
CLICK ON SIDEBAR - DONATIONS DETAILS
A BIG THANK YOU TO THOSE WHO CONTRIBUTED TO THE PENSION FIGHTING FUND FOR YOUR SUPPORT/COMMITMENT
IASS PAID c€35M TO STATE SO FAR AS PENSION LEVY FROM A PENSION SCHEME THAT HAS UNILATERALLY PLACED A MFS DEBT REPAYMENT BURDEN ON THE MONTHLY INCOME OF PENSIONERS
25 SEPT 2015 - STATE GETS CLOSE TO €2.5M FROM IASS FUND AS PENSION LEVY BASED ON ASSET VALUE IN JUNE 2015
AT THE SAME TIME WE SEE THIS PENSION LEVY DEDUCTED EACH MONTH FROM OUR MONTHLY PAY PACKET ALSO AND THIS IS FOR LIFE!!! - NOT INCLUDED IN THE PUBLIC SECTOR PENSION LEVY RESTORATION !
NATURE OF PENSION INCOME CUTS SINCE 2007
2007 -OUR MONTHLY PENSION INCOME FROZEN - NO PRICE INFLATION
2011 -PERMANENT PENSION LEVY IMPOSED AS 'INDEFINITE DEDUCTION'
2013 -100% COVER FOR ALL OF OUR PENSION INCOME GONE!
2015 -MONTHLY INCOME NOW FROZEN FOR LIFE!! - REMOVAL OF INDEXATION
2015 -ACTUARIAL 2014 MFS SECTION 50 DEBT RESOLUTION REPAYMENT IMPOSED
THESE CUTS ARE IN ADDITION TO OTHER PERMANENT GOVERNMENT 'AUSTERITY CUTS'
AER LINGUS/DAA PENSIONERS INCOME DOWN
€5.0m up to the end of Oct 2015.
ACTUAL MONTHLY INCOME WE HAD EACH MONTH IN 2014
AND NOW UNILATERLLY TAKEN FROM OUR MONTHLY PAY IN 2015
WHERE ARE OUR INCOME OPPORTUNITIES FOR RECOVERY OF LOSSES!!!
August 18 2015 - Fingal Independent ... Battle to restore pensions continues
July 28 2015 - Fingal Independent .. Pensioners Make High Court Application.. http://www.independent.ie/regionals/fingalindependent/news/pensioners-make-high-court-application-31406665.html
HIGH COURT - 2 OCT-21 DEC 2015 (COURTS AUTUMN MICHAELMAS SITTING)
July 27 2015 - In the High Court at the Four Courts Dublin RASA was represented by John Hennessy, S.C. in an application to have the claim against the State regarding the unlawful reductions imposed on pensions entered into the Commercial Division List of the High Court. The Judge decided that, as the case also relates to Constitutional matters and potential breaches of EU Law that it would be more appropriately dealt with in the High Court list (Four Courts, Dublin)
Over the next few weeks (during the Court Long Vacation period) our Solicitors, LK Shields, will continue to try to reach agreement with the Chief State Solicitors regarding proceeding by way of representatives plaintiffs.
22 July 2015 - LKS advised Application Lodged to have case heard for listing in the Commercial Court
There is still an opportunity to join the large number of those who sent their Signed Papers to LK Shields, Solicitors, to be part of the Pension Reduction Legal Case being progressed by RASA. Additional names can still be added but it is not yet determined for how long. If you want to be involved you need to get your Signed Papers in to the solicitors by early next week. (Mon July 27 2015) - queries to firstname.lastname@example.org
16 July, Thursday - RASA Protest on Cuts to Monthly Pension Income at Aer Lingus EGM sale to IAG
JUNE 25 2015 - Govt does not want RASA pensioners discussing their pensions with other stakeholders - go to Dail discussions on Industrial Relations (Amendment) Bill 2015 - Clare Daly asks questions
JUNE 24 - RASA sent by post a letter to those who have subscribed to the RASA Pension Fighting Fund, together with a letter from LK Shields Solicitors, a Legal Schedule and the Letter of Claim sent in March 2015. - go to Webpage 2.1 on side bar to view letter - Email email@example.com
SEND BACK SIGNATURE PAGE TO LKS BY JULY 13 2015
OUR PENSIONS SAME AS ANNUITY FOR LIFE - WE CANNOT ACCESS THESE FUNDS!!
AVERAGE PENSION IS JUST OVER €14,000* PER ANNUM FOR THOSE ON PENSION
(*Average calculated based on c40% below €12k pa)
Where is the recovery/compensation for unilateral pension income cuts & pension levy for IASS pensioners?
WHERE ARE THE NEXT 'INDEFINITE REDUCTIONS' COMING FROM?
June 11 2015 - C Daly seeks amendment to Industrial Relations Bill to provide for the principle of collective representation for organisations such as RASA on pension issues.
June 9 2015 - Darragh O Brien proposal to spend monies received from Aer Lingus sale of shares to cover cuts to pensioners - amendment in Seanad
June 9 2015 PENSION LEVY RECOVERY -Min for Finance ..I have no plans to repay the pension fund levy tax collected as suggested https://www.kildarestreet.com/wrans/?id=2015-06-09a.630#g632.r …
June 5 2015 - RASA writes to Government Ministers seeking recovery of Pension Levy from monthly income. - go to webpage 2.8 and/or
on webpage 8 on side bar.
May 28 2015 - Min for Social Protection confirms imposition of the actuarial MFS Section50 debt transferred to pensioners and away from employers and State. Go to written Dail Q65
May 27 2015 - Clare Daly TD during the debate on the Sale of Aer Lingus . Remember Aer Lingus shareholders voted to cut pensioners income without pensioners consent and without any mitigation - now they are benefiting financially from this . Click on
May 27 2015 on the 79th birthday of Aer Lingus the Govt proposes to sell to IAG. View Clare Daly TD Leaders Questions in the Dail by clicking on https://youtu.be/msk5cwjyix0
May 1 2015 - Protest outside Aer Lingus AGM - click on webpage 2 on sidebar for some photos.
Aer Lingus shareholders at the AGM were reminded that 99% of them voted to unilaterally and without consultation to cut the income of pensioners in receipt of pensions to the value of €174m to resolve the IASS MFS actuarially calculated debt without ANY COMPENSATION FOR PENSIONERS.
This vote deliberately excluded one third of IASS members (those on pension) from mitigation
April 29 2015 - Clare Daly TD Oral Question 6 to Min for Transport on IASS pension and the fact that NO MONIES were provided for those on pension: only available for actives and deferred pensioners.
view by clicking https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fa14snaJBoU&feature=youtu.be
Also Read on Oireachtas Website
6. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if an extra €7 million has been included in the Dublin Airport Authority funding of the Irish airlines superannuation scheme; and if this was a consequence of the initiative taken by his Department and the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation as a result of the expert panel. [16491/15]..... http://oireachtasdebates.oireachtas.ie/debates%20authoring/debateswebpack.nsf/takes/dail2015042900007?opendocument#E00950
Clarification regarding Coordinated members on early retirement pensions
If you are an IASS coordinated member on pension in January 2015 who has not yet reached normal retirement date/state pension age your pension in payment will be further reduced.
This is in addition to your pension levy and S50 Debt cuts imposed on your pension income by Employers/Trustees/Pension Authority in January 2015 without consultation. For some pensioners that can be an additional reduction of 50%. Individuals are being informed by the Secretary of the IASS scheme in the month before the cuts are being implemented. There is no mitigation or compensation for these cuts - compensation only available to active and deferred members of IASS not in receipt of pension on January 1 2015.
Clarification regarding Non ROI pensionable service. If you have outside Republic of Ireland pensionable service please contact the Pension Scheme office or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any queries.
April 10 2015 - Former Aer Lingus staff to sue State on pensions - Irish Independent Article - John Mulligan -
Go to attachment below to view IASS Rule changes Dec 2014 as referred to in Aer Lingus Report & Accounts
Click http://www.rns-pdf.londonstockexchange.com/rns/6351I_-2015-3-26.pdf for Aer Lingus Report & Accounts
May 1 2015 Aer Lingus AGM
MFS DEBT ACTUARIAL CALCULATIONS USING THESE RATES!!!
March 31 2015 - Another month's payslip showing income cuts . €1.5m taken from pensioners income so far - ACTUAL MONEY OUT OF OUR POCKETS.
March 26 2015 '..QE has been unfair and unequal, but due to the complicated nature of QE, this unfairness has yet to come to the surface. The unfairness and inequity have been greatest for underfunded pension schemes.... http://www.iapf.ie/_files/events/269/ColmFitzgeraldPresentation.pdf
TO VIEW PRESENTATION - CLICK ON ATTACHMENT BOTTOM OF PAGE
March 24 2015 CDaly TD query statement of Minister to Q116 of Mar 10: .deficit support from the employers !! see written ans 990-mitigation only for non pensioners - benefit cuts only mitigated for non pensioners.
Reply....... I said that the fund has received additional support from the employers involved totalling €260 million. The funding I referred to was provided by the employers outside of the IASS and is intended to mitigate the benefit cuts under the approved IASS funding proposal. The funds were not put into the IASS fund directly and I hope this clarifies my previous comments.
March 11 2015- Dail Question 116 - Shane Ross re IASS and Minister Response that included statement regarding funds into scheme. Rasa wrote to Min regarding this Go t 2.8 on side bar to read this letter. Click on http://www.shaneross.ie/priority-question-minister-transport-iass-deferred-pensioners/ to view exchange in Dail.
FEB 25 2015 HERALD ARTICLE -Local Economy is down €6m a year http://www.herald.ie/news/city-beat/local-economy-is-down-6mayear-31020032.html
FEB 18 RASA LETTER TO PENSIONERS GO TO PAGE 2.1 OR 2.8 ON SIDE BAR.
FEB 13 - Dail question raised by TD Clare Daly -Access to those pensioners and their organisations, such as RASA, to Labour Court view https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uIpk4JFu4jQ
THOSE ON PENSION; NO INCREASES FOR THOSE ON PENSION FROM IASS SINCE 2007.
DEFERRED PENSIONS;INCREASES TO DEFERRED PENSIONS ARE INCREASED IN LINE WITH CPI.
MIN FOR SOCIAL PROTECTION STATUTORY REVALUATION INSTRUMENT DATED 30 JAN 2014 ALLOWS FOR A 0.2% INCREASE IN PENSIONS F0R 2014 DEFERRED PENSIONS CLICK http://www.irishstatutebook.ie/pdf/2015/en.si.2015.0043.pdf
NO CONTRIBUTION FROM AER LINGUS/DAA FOR PENSION CUTS MADE TO PENSIONERS
IN RECEIPT OF PENSION INCOME - EXCLUDED FROM CONTRIBUTIONS FUNDS
Feb 10th Court of Appeal rejects employers appeal in the Pharma Omega case http://www.courts.ie/Judgments.nsf/0/8776ACACB1B72A7D80257DE9003FB5EB
Oireachtas Joint Committee on Transport Feb 12 2015 CEO IAG- transcript of debate can be read on http://oireachtasdebates.oireachtas.ie/Debates%20Authoring/DebatesWebPack.nsf/committeetakes/TRJ2015021200002 and can be viewed on Video Play back also.
Aer Lingus(& Associated employers)/daa pensioners have €0.5 million less pension spend in January 2015 than December 2014 - Austerity continues for IASS pensioners & local economy.
PENSIONERS PAYING A DEBT THEY DID NOT KNOW THEY HAD - DEDUCTIONS TAKEN AT SOURCE WITHOUT CONSENT!!
RASA STATEMENT FOLLOWING PACKED MEETING OF IASS PENSIONERS AT MEETING ON FEB 2 2015 - GO TO WEBPAGE 2.8/2.1
RASA MOVING WITH LEGAL CHALLENGE OVER PENSION CUTS
Feb 5 Irish Times http://www.irishtimes.com/business/transport-and-tourism/state-aer-lingus-and-daa-may-face-174m-suit-over-pension-1.2091586
RASA SEEKING DONATIONS.
RASA SEEKING PLAINTIFFS TO VOLUNTEER FOR A PANEL OF POTENTIAL PLAINTIFFS.
January 2015: Annual Report & Accounts to March 31 2014 and Actuarial Valuation Reports for IASS scheme and all Aer Lingus First and Second Supplementary funds & daa ARSSS available on request to Scheme Secretary .
Negative cumulative annual inflation to mid Feb has resulted in no post retirement increases being paid from supplementary funds [these schemes offset negative inflation against positive inflation on a cumulative basis unlike statutory revaluation]
NO DEBT RESOLUTION DISCUSSIONS/NEGOTIATIONS TO IASS PENSION ISSUES FOR PENSIONERS YET! AER LINGUS (€129m)/DAA(€45m) TRANSFERS €174M MFS DEBT BURDEN TO PENSIONERS AND COMMENCES DEDUCTING THIS DEBT FROM PENSIONERS PAY PACKET FROM JANUARY 2015. THIS IS AN OUTSTANDING EMPLOYER DEBT - THEY ARE WALKING AWAY!!!
Jan 29 - Oireachtas Committee on Transport & Communications debate on sale of Aer Lingus to IAG
Jan 21 2015 Petitions Committee to consider State Pension age change - The Oireachtas Joint Committee on Public Service Oversign & Petitions heard from individual citizen on the unfairness of the raising of the State Pension age retrospectively . Go to Oireachtas Dowload video hourly CR3 wmv file 21 Jan at 17.00 & 1730 CR3_20150121160001_001.wmv CR3_2n0150121163001_001.wmv
JAN 17 FINGAL INDEPENDENT http://www.independent.ie/regionals/fingalindependent/news/rasa-speak-for-pension-row-victims-30901458.html
PENSION AUTHORITY, DAA, AER LINGUS, TRUSTEES AND SHAREHOLDERS - A CHRISTMAS 2014 PRESENT TO CUT OUR INCOME!!!
DEC 23 2014 - IASS PENSIONERS VOICE IGNORED BY ALL -
EMPLOYERS & TRUSTEES JOINTLY SIGNED PROPOSAL TO CUT PENSIONS AND TAKE €175M EUROS FROM OUR PENSION SAVINGS
CUT OF SIX WEEKS TO OUR ANNUAL PENSION ANNUITY HOW THEY WILL AFFECT YOU - GO TO ATTACHMENT ON SIDEBAR 2.1
PENSIONERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO KEEP CONTROL OF THEIR FINANCES - SO WHY ARE NON PENSIONERS MAKING CUTS TO OUR PENSION INCOME WITHOUT US ?
Go to the National Centre for Older People website -
Fingal Independent December 20 2014http://www.independent.ie/regionals/fingalindependent/news/pensioner-protest-30838433.html
daa and Aer Lingus stating that the Pensions Authority will approve the joint Employer/Trustees proposals to cut PENSIONERS INCOMES BY 6 wks pension without hassel (Dec 19)
Senate debate on Social Welfare - Senators A Power & D O Brien raising issues - go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZuFyuyHWV68
AER LINGUS SHAREHOLDERS VOTE TO CUT PENSIONERS INCOME BY SIX WEEKS
THOSE PENSIONERS ON PENSION FROM THE FINANCIAL COMPENSATION FUNDS APPROVED TO MITIGATE EXPECTED LOSSES - NO MITIGATION FOR ACTUAL LOSSES - NO INVOLVEMENT IN DEBT RESTRUCTURING.
AER LINGUS SHAREHOLDERS VOTE TO EXCLUDE
RASA SPEAKING ON RTE ON IASS ISSUES - CLICK ON
PROTEST WALK FOLLOWING THIS MEETING - ASSEMBLE @ ALSAA 12.30 HR
Dec 4 2014 - RASA met with the Pensions Authority along with RASA's legal and actuary advisors.
RASA representatives outlined concerns and issues of members relating to the Draft Section 50 benefit reduction proposals planned to come into effect on Jan 1 2015.
Regulator said that each and every issue raised in the hundreds of submissions from members will be examined.
Irish Independent Dec 8 2014 to read more about IASS pension cut of six weeks
Dec 4 2014 - Clare Daly speaking on amendments on Social Welfare Bill raising concerns of pension scheme.