SIPTU representatives have today (Saturday, 17th April) welcomed an eleventh hour intervention of Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Michael McGrath to settle the long standing Community Employment (CE) supervisors pension dispute. In correspondence issued to members of the Oireachtas today, Mr McGrath advised that an agreement had been reached between the Minister for Social Protection, Heather Humphries, and the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform to identify a possible resolution to this protracted struggle for pension justice. SIPTU Sector Organiser, Jane Boushell, said: “Our members welcome the news that the Minister has finally seen the light and is not prepared to force these essential workers down the road of industrial action. The statement of intent from the Minister today absolutely vindicates our campaign for pension justice for CE supervisors. However, the devil is always in the detail.” “A meeting of our national committee is set for Monday (19th April) to discuss the terms of any potential settlement. The last thing our members wanted was to go on strike. They know more than anyone the impact strike action would have. Any disruption in services would have a devastating effect on CE scheme participants and the communities in which they work. SIPTU representatives are hopeful that this significant breakthrough has the potential to mark the beginning of the end of this hard fought campaign for pension justice for CE Supervisors.”