Press Release

Committee Begins Examination of Superannuation Bill

Session: 2011/2012

Date: Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Reference: CFP 02/11/12

The Assembly Committee for Finance and Personnel today began its examination of the Superannuation Bill. The Bill will remove the requirement for public sector trade unions’ consent for any proposed changes in compensation for redundancy, whether voluntary or compulsory. The Bill will instead include a requirement that employers engage with the trade unions with the aim of reaching agreement on adverse changes.

Commenting on the Committee’s work, Chairperson, Conor Murphy, MP MLA, said: “Today my Committee heard from a panel of trade unions which was the first opportunity to hear from the main stakeholders affected by this Bill.

“We will give careful consideration to the provisions of this Bill and its wider consequences. We have identified a number of themes and issues to be explored with stakeholders over the coming weeks.”

The Committee will also invite written submissions, which will be considered as the Committee continues to examine the proposed Bill. 

Notes to Editors:

1. The Bill will amend the Superannuation (NI) Order 1972.

2. The next meeting of the Committee in relation to Superannuation Bill will take place on 18 April.

3. For more information on the Superannuation Bill visit

Committee Members:

Conor Murphy (Chairperson) (Sinn Fein)
Dominic Bradley (Deputy Chairperson) (SDLP)

Judith Cochrane (ALL)
Leslie Cree MBE (UUP)
David Hilditch  (DUP)
William Humphrey (DUP)
Ross Hussey (UUP)
Paul Girvan (DUP)
Paul Maskey (Sinn Fein)
Mitchel McLaughlin (Sinn Fein)
Adrian McQuillan (DUP)

Further information on the work of the Committee is available on the Committee pages of the Northern Ireland Assembly website:

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