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Public service may do local pay deals

Posted on November 12, 2019 by Miriam Ahern

The next public-service pay agreement in 2020 may include some element of local pay bargaining  rather than simply involving an across-the-board arrangement.

A confidential memo to Cabinet in mid-October from  Minister for Public Expenditure,  Paschal Donohoe said preliminary talks with public-service trade unions about a successor to the current agreement had looked at a process involving a local bargaining component.

According to  a report in The Irish Times, it is understood that the minister maintained that a one-size-fits-all approach – the format for all of the public-service agreements since the Croke Park pay-cuts agreement in 2010  – may not be backed by all on the trade union side. Traditionally all teachers, nurses, engineers, gardai, doctors and other public servants have common pay-scales throughout the state.

The current public-service agreement is scheduled to expire at the end of 2020 and full-scale talks on a successor deal would have to commence by  April or May 2020 to allow for public service trades unions to ballot their members on the terms.

Pressures in the health sector, such as the nurses strikes earlier in 2019, and different regional housing costs are driving calls for differentiated pay scales.

Budget allocates €1.6bn for employment schemes

Posted on October 16, 2013 by Gerald Flynn

Last week’s Irish Budget included a €1.6 billion package aimed at supporting the Government’s Pathways to Work-2 programme launched in July.

In his budget speech, Minister for Public Expenditure and Report (D/PER), Brendan Howlin  said that the policy “sets out our strategy for tacking unemployment, and in particular, long-term unemployment. The total allocation for 2014 for activation places in education, training and work experience is €1.6bn.”

He added that this would provide nearly 300,000 places in work, education and training programmes. This equates with an average spend of €5,350 per unemployed participant which may be a guide figure for those considering tender bids for the  anticipated JobPath  employment services contracts. The Budget also allocated  an additional €9m  in capital spending towards expending the network of Intreo employment advice offices throughout the state.

A further  €14m has been  set aside for the new Youth Guarantee Fund which is aimed at supporting  additional activation for those under-25 years old.


Croke Park II – Table of Pay Cuts

Posted on February 28, 2013 by Gerald Flynn

Here are details of  the stepped pay cuts planned for public service employees earning more than €65,000.     Click here for:  Croke Park II – Higher Pay Cuts Table

Those earning less than €100,000 may resume  payment of incremental scale pay rises after 2016.