CE Scheme

  • Community Employment supervisors seeking security over pensions will strike today at 6 locations across the country.

    They'll protest at Department of Social Protection offices in Galway, Athlone, Letterkenny, Waterford, Cork and Dublin from midday today.

    Forsa and SIPTU say over 250 supervisors have retired with no occupational pension -  since a 2008 Labour Court recommendation on the issue.

  • Participants of Community Employment (CE) and TÚS schemes whose contracts were due to finish over the period since last October, are now to benefit from a further extension up to the 2nd July.

    That has been confirmed today by Mayo Fine Gael deputy Michael Ring.

    Deputy Ring says that the work that CE and TÚS workers carry out is absolutely vital to local communities right across Mayo and it’s important that there’s continuity and certainty for both schemes throughout the current restrictions.

    Under the Government’s July Stimulus Programme last year, approval was secured for 3,000 additional places to support CE and TÚS schemes.

    “Filling these additional places, as well as those arising from existing vacancies will be an absolute priority for Government, once the economy and society begins to move beyond COVID and public health restrictions ease. The Department would like to re-assure participants of CE and TÚS projects that contracts due to end post 2nd July 2021, will be done on a planned and phased basis” Deputy Ring concluded.

  • Mayo Fianna Fail TD Dara Calleary says his party is committed to protecting the future of the CE, RSS and Tús Schemes.

    Fianna Fail is bringing forward a Bill to recognise and support these schemes and ensure they are maintained.

    Deputy Calleary says Fine Gael is pushing its Jobpath activation programme, while attempting to reduce the number of places available on schemes such as Tús. He says this is a retrograde step and threatens communities in Mayo and across the country.

    According to Deputy Calleary, the Fianna Fail Bill will ensure that people will have the option to leave the Jobpath programme if a place on one of the rural or social schemes opens up.

  • A Mayo Sinn Fein Senator says it is puzzling that Fianna Fail has a new found interest in Jobpath and the impact of it on the CE, RSS and Tús schemes.

    Senator Rose Conway-Walsh says Sinn Fein brought forward a motion in the Seanad in November of last year which asked that all referrals to Jobpath should be stopped.

    At that time Fianna Fail firstly introduced an amendment to the motion that weakened it and then voted against it in the Seanad.

    The Erris based Senator says Sinn Fein has been critical of Jobpath for a long time now and worried about its impact on schemes such as CE, RSS and Tús.

    She says Fianna Fail Oireachtas members need to stop doing one thing in Leinster House and saying something different in their own constituencies.

    Senator Conway-Walsh was responding to Mayo Fianna Fail Deputy Dara Calleary who told Midwest News this morning that a Bill from his party showed their commitment to the schemes.