Madam – I refer to comments made by Eoghan Harris on public service pensions (Sunday Independent, December 2, 2012).
He states "on retirement public sector workers get a tax-free lump sum of 1.5 times salary plus a pension equal to half their salary". He also states "all (tax-free sum, pension) paid for by the majority of private sector workers".
These comments are similar to others made by the "public sector bashers" in that they are misleading and inaccurate.
The sum of 1.5 times salary and pension of half-salary only applies to public sector workers who retire with 40 years of service. It is fairly obvious that not all public sector workers will have that length of service.
Public sector workers contribute to their pension. They also pay the pension levy.
PS I am an ex-public service worker.
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