Monday 23 January 2017

Time to stop pitting us all against each other

Published 10/05/2011 | 05:00

Certain sections of the media seem determined at every opportunity to make unfair comparisons between the public and private sectors and engage in ever-popular public sector bashing.

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One myth is that the public sector do not contribute to their pensions. In 2009 public servants paid €3.1bn in pension contributions and just €2.5bn was paid out to public service pensioners.

On top of paying superannuation contributions over a 40-year period in the case of, for example, a teacher wanting to retire on full pension, the retired teacher now pays a hefty public service pension levy on a pension already contributed to.

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