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.
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.