State cannot immediately repeal FEMPI – Donohoe

Posted in Governance and administration on June 29th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform Paschal Donohoe has said the State cannot afford to immediately repeal Financial Emergency legislation (FEMPI), which underpinned the pay cuts imposed on the public sector during the economic crisis …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 29 June]

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Public servants asked to pay more for pensions as Government pledges pay cuts will be refunded

Posted in Governance and administration on May 30th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The government has asked public servants to pay more for their pensions but will refund pay cuts imposed under emergency legislation in a new deal. Sources at talks on a deal to extend the Lansdowne Road Agreement said government officials said they would convert a €720m pension levy already being paid into a higher permanent contribution …” (more)

[Anne-Marie Walsh, Independent, 29 May]

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Public sector pay cuts and restoration

Posted in Governance and administration on March 11th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Pascal Donohoe has told an industrial relations conference that ‘previously-agreed reform and efficiency measures such as the additional unpaid hours which staff are obliged to work remained critical to meet increased demands for frontline services’ …” (more)

[Donal McGrath, Irish Times, 11 March]

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Public Sector Pensions Legislation

Posted in Governance and administration on March 2nd, 2017 by steve

IrelandMichael Collins (Cork South West, Independent): To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if he will restore public service pensions fully by mid-2018; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 28 February]

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Public Sector Pensions Legislation – Repeal of FEMPI

Posted in Governance and administration on January 26th, 2017 by steve

IrelandBrendan Griffin (Kerry, Fine Gael): To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the timeframe for the repeal of FEMPI legislation in respect of retired public servants; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 24 January]

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ASTI continues its campaign to repeal FEMPI

Posted in Governance and administration on July 7th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The ASTI is continuing its campaign for a repeal of the Financial Emergency in the Public Interest (FEMPI) legislation. Recent activities have included a political lobbying campaign and a protest outside the Dáil …” (more)

[ASTI, 7 July]

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ASTI says secondary schools could face industrial action

Posted in Governance and administration on July 2nd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Secondary school teachers have indicated that industrial action is likely if they fail to get talks with the Government over issues affecting them, including the ‘substandard’ wages of newly qualified teachers …” (more)

[Elaine Edwards, Irish Times, 2 July]

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Government expected to keep financial emergency legislation

Posted in Governance and administration on June 27th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Government is expected to insist this week that financial emergency legislation, which was used to underpin cuts to public service pay and pensions following the economic crash, should remain in place. The Government has to provide a report to the Oireachtas by Thursday on the future of the financial emergency known as Fempi …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 26 June]

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Teachers given ultimatum over Lansdowne Agreement

Posted in Governance and administration on June 24th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Department of Education and Skills has given the Association of Secondary Teachers in Ireland (ASTI) an ultimatum that if they do not agree to cooperate with the Lansdowne Road Agreement by next Thursday, members face serious consequences including potential compulsory redundancy …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 24 June]

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Department ‘confident’ it can deduct ASTI pay

Posted in Governance and administration on May 21st, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Department of Education is confident it has the ability to deduct pay from ASTI members after the secondary teachers’ union voted to reject working additional hours. It is understood the department’s payroll system does not discriminate between members of the 17,500-strong ASTI and others who are members of the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien and Martin Wall, Irish Times, 21 May]

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Teachers to take legal challenge to financial emergency legislation

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on May 6th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Second level teachers are to legally challenge financial emergency legislation introduced in recent years to underpin cuts to pay and conditions for staff across the public service. The Association of Secondary Teachers in Ireland (ASTI) also staged a demonstration outside the Department of Education …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 6 May]

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Pay rises for 300,000 public service staff from January

Posted in Governance and administration on December 1st, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin has signed an order which will provide for pay increases for about 300,000 staff in the public service as well as pension rises for retired personnel from early next year …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 30 November]

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TUI warn of possible strike action before General Election

Posted in Governance and administration on November 19th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The Teachers Union of Ireland is warning of the potential for strike before the General Election.It is to ballot its 15,000 members on a campaign of industrial action over issues including the FEMPI (or Fempy) bill on the restoration of public service pay and pensions …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 19 November]

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Institutes of Technology may face unrest over pay, union warns

Posted in Governance and administration on November 18th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Institutes of Technology may face disruption over the coming months after a teachers’ union announced plans to ballot members over a campaign of industrial action. The Teachers’ Union of Ireland said it was taking the move in the face of cuts to education services and ‘draconian’ legislation which it says will cement pay reductions imposed during the economic downturn …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 18 November]

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TUI members to be balloted on industrial action as part of campaign

Posted in Governance and administration on November 18th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Before a protest outside Dáil Éireann on the afternoon that the Financial Measures in the Public Interest Bill (FEMPI) 2015 approached finalisation, the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) outlined its intention to campaign vigorously on key education issues ahead of the general election. Commencing with Institute of Technology lecturers next week, TUI members will be balloted on a campaign of industrial action to seek a resolution of these issues …” (more)

[Teachers’ Union of Ireland, 18 November]

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TUI to hold protest today outside Leinster House

Posted in Governance and administration on November 18th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The Teachers Union of Ireland is holding a protest outside Leinster House later today. Members of the TUI will be voicing their opposition to the FEMPI Bill which is being currently being finalised …” (more)

[BreakingsNews.ie, 18 November]

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Finance sub-Committee to debate FEMPI legislation with Minister Howlin

Posted in Governance and administration on November 9th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The Select Sub-Committee on Public Expenditure and Reform will meet tomorrow to conduct Committee stage examination of the Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest Bill 2015 with the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Brendan Howlin TD …” (more)

[Houses of the Oireachtas, 9 November]

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