Collision course on public sector hours issue

Posted in Governance and administration on March 20th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“While the restoration of pay will be a priority for public sector workers, many employees say getting back hours is equally important and will be a ‘major issue’ in the renegotiation of the Lansdowne Road Agreement. It comes after Public Expenditure and Reform Minister Paschal Donohoe laid down a marker, making it clear the additional hours secured in the Haddington Road Agreement ‘remain critical to enabling us to meet increased demand in frontline service areas and to improve services to the public generally’ …” (more)

[Elaine Loughlin, Irish Examiner, 20 March]

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Third Level Staff – Promotion

Posted in Governance and administration on January 21st, 2017 by steve

IrelandJoan Burton (Dublin West, Labour): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the measures his Department has put in place to ensure third level institutions adhere to standard public sector promotion procedures in keeping with the Haddington Road agreement; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 19 January]

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Fact checking the current ASTI position

Posted in Governance and administration on July 16th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Over the summer there has been a rewriting the history of the ASTI. Members have been given several lines of argument on why we find ourselves where we are now. Let’s fact check those lines …” (more)

[levdavidovic, 15 July]

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ASTI members vote to withdraw from ‘Croke Park’ hours

Posted in Governance and administration on May 19th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Members of the Association of Secondary Teachers in Ireland (ASTI) have voted overwhelmingly to withdraw from working ‘Croke Park’ hours. The unions members voted 68.5% to 31.5% and say the hours are highly prescriptive and unproductive …” (more)

[Newstalk, 19 May]

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Civil servants instruct union to seek restoration to pre-Haddington Road hours

Posted in Governance and administration on April 17th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Delegates at the PSEU conference have instructed the union to seek a restoration to pre- Haddington Road hours. Gordon Grace of the Revenue Group asked delegates to consider ‘working half an hour every day for rest of your working life for free’ …” (more)

[Caroline Crawford, Independent, 15 April]

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The fruits of the Lansdowne Road Agreement for the government …

Posted in Governance and administration on June 10th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Put aside all the stuff about salaries being ‘reinstated’ (whatever that may mean in a context where they’ve been pushed back for years – and given that the monies lost during that period aren’t coming back). Note this from an SBP analysis on the agreement …” (more)

[The Cedar Lounge Revolution, 10 June]

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TUI to urge members to reject Lansdowne Road pay deal

Posted in Governance and administration on June 3rd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The Teachers Union of Ireland (TUI) is to urge its members to reject the proposed new Lansdowne Road public service pay deal in a forthcoming ballot. The TUI has also said that it will not be bound by any aggregate vote of all public service trade unions on the proposed agreement …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 3 June]

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Pay proposals inequitable, say higher civil servants

Posted in Governance and administration on June 3rd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Higher civil and public servants have said they are disappointed with the proposed new Lansdowne Road agreement on pay restoration. The Association of Higher Civil and Public Servants union said its members were treated in an ‘inequitable manner’ …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 2 June]

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Public service pay deal costing €566m affordable, says Howlin

Posted in Governance and administration on May 30th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The new public service pay restoration deal, which will see most public service staff receive €2,000 on a phased basis, will cost the State €566 million over three years. However, Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin last night said it was ‘affordable’ and the ‘right thing to do’ …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 30 May]

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Low earners the big winners from Lansdowne Road pay deal

Posted in Governance and administration on May 30th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Low earners are the big winners from the pay proposals set out in the new Lansdowne Road agreement. From the start, unions and the Government had been in favour of giving priority in pay restoration to those earning least …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 30 May]

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Public sector workers granted some pay restoration over three phases

Posted in Governance and administration on May 29th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“There has been a successful conclusion to talks on public-sector pay which will see most public servants having their pay restored by around €2,000. According to the IMPACT trade union, this will happen over three phases between January 2016 and September of 2017 …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 29 May]

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Progress reported in public sector pay talks

Posted in Governance and administration on May 29th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Talks on the restoration of public sector pay broke up without agreement early this morning despite earlier optimism that a deal could be brokered. Union officials emerged from the negotiations just before 2am to say that progress had been made. Talks are to resume at 10am …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 29 May]

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Public servants set to gain €1,000 next year in pay deal

Posted in Governance and administration on May 28th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Public service staff are expected to receive a boost in earnings of about €1,000 next year under a pay restoration deal being finalised tonight. The shape of the deal being considered would suggest State employees could receive a further, similar pay boost in 2017 …” (more)

[Martin Wall and Fiach Kelly, Irish Times, 28 May]

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Public sector talks continue on key reforms sought by Government

Posted in Governance and administration on May 27th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Talks were continuing on Tuesday night between Government representatives and trade unions on a draft agreement which public service staff would have to accept in return for pay restoration. The talks which have been under way for a fortnight dealt largely with remaining non-pay issues …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 26 May]

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Public pay talks aimed at curbing strikes

Posted in Governance and administration on May 16th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“New deals aimed at curbing strikes in the public sector have been signalled by Tánaiste Joan Burton. She insisted industrial action was ‘the last thing we want’ as negotiations resume regarding the restoration of pay cuts imposed during the financial crash …” (more)

[Shaun Connolly, Irish Examiner, 16 May]

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Public service workers set for €800 windfall each

Posted in Governance and administration on May 7th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Public service workers are set to gain on average more than €800 each as part of the Government’s reversal of pay cuts. The Irish Times understands the Government will allocate around €250 million – and possibly up to €300 million – as part of a deal to partially restore pay levels for nearly 300,000 public servants … ” (more)

[Fiach Kelly and Martin Wall, Irish Times, 7 May]

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Issue of public sector pay rises is Howlin’s biggest test yet

Posted in Governance and administration on May 5th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“News that the Government and unions will next week begin talks about restoring pay levels in the public sector brings to mind the old joke about the man asking for directions being told: ‘If I was going there, I wouldn’t be starting from here at all’ …” (more)

[Shane Coleman, Independent, 5 May]

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Howlin: Pay talks set for public sector workers

Posted in Governance and administration on April 28th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Pay talks are to begin with public service workers next month, the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform has said. Emergency measures were brought in to cut wages from 2009 in response to the country’s financial crisis …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 28 April]

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‘Right’ that public sector invited to pay restoration talks, says Burton

Posted in Governance and administration on April 27th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Tánaiste Joan Burton said it was ‘right and appropriate’ that public sector workers enter talks with the Government on restoring pay levels. She said the Government wanted to ensure public servants, in an appropriate way, were able to share in the economic recovery …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 27 April]

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Brendan Howlin: Pay talks to benefit low-paid workers

Posted in Governance and administration on April 23rd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Low-paid workers will be the major beneficiaries from the forthcoming talks on restoring public service pay, the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin has said. However he warned that pay restoration would involve continued staff co-operation with reforms …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 23 April]

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