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July 2017

Irish Congress of Trade Unions BDC 2017


Deirdre O'Connor (Assistant General Secretary INTO)

Deirdre O'Connor (Assistant General Secretary INTO)

6 July 2017

Speaking to motion 15 on the Gender Pay Gap, Deirdre O'Connor referred specifically to the negative impact of the gender pay gap on pensions.

She said that women were retiring on lower salaries, with less service and thus had smaller pensions.  “Broken service also makes it more likely that women in the public service end up in inferior pension schemes,” she told the conference.

While she acknowledged that many workers outside the public service had little or no pension provision, she argued that the women workers who teach our children, care for the sick elderly and disabled and provide other valuable public services should be entitled to a decent retirement.

Date: Friday, 7 July 17