Paschal Donohoe fires shot across bow of unions ahead of pay talks

Posted in Governance and administration on April 14th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Yesterday the Dáil voted to approve the shambolic deal on water charges hammered out by Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil by 92 votes to 47. Within minutes of the vote, Public Expenditure Minister Paschal Donohoe was on his feet taking questions. Asked by Fianna Fáil’s Dara Calleary about the pending public sector pay talks, Mr Donohoe perhaps somewhat predictably said there will be some difficulty in meeting the added cost generated by pay demands …” (more)

[Daniel McConnell, Irish Examiner, 14 April]

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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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Minister for Education announces new employer investment mechanism for higher education

Posted in Governance and administration on March 13th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton, and Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Paschal Donohoe, have announced the launch of a new consultation process on a proposed Exchequer-Employer Investment Mechanism, which will operate from 2018 onwards …” (more)

[Aisling Grace, Trinity News, 13 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 Levy

Posted in Governance and administration on February 17th, 2017 by steve

IrelandÉamon Ó Cuív (Galway West, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the reason public servants in receipt of a public service pension have the pension levy deducted from their pensions; the rate at which it is deducted; his plans to reduce the pension levy in the coming years; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 15 February]

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Cabinet memo warns public sector pay deal has taken all extra funds for existing services

Posted in Governance and administration on February 6th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A Cabinet memo drawn up by Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Paschal Donohoe for ministers, seen by the Irish Examiner, confirms warnings from him that the pending public sector pay deal as well as matters already announced have hoovered up any available extra monies …” (more)

[Daniel McConnell, Irish Examiner, 5 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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Pension rises for retired public sector workers now in firing line

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

Ireland“An end to pension increases for retired public-sector workers is on the table in the next round of pay talks. Public-service pensioners have traditionally benefited from pay parity, which means they go up when there is an increase in the salary of the person in their old job …” (more)

[Anne-Marie Walsh and Kevin Doyle, Independent, 27 December]

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Paschal Donohoe agrees to pay talks with public sector unions

Posted in Governance and administration on November 30th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Government has backed down from a standoff with public sector unions by agreeing to talks on ‘anomalies’ in the Lansdowne Road Agreement. Public Expenditure and Reform Minister Paschal Donohoe has agreed to begin negotiations with public sector representatives over the repercussions of the garda Labour Court recommendation …” (more)

[Elaine Loughlin, Irish Examiner, 30 November]

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Public-sector pay talks to be held by February

Posted in Governance and administration on November 28th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Public-sector pay talks on a successor to the Lansdowne Road Agreement will be held no later than February, five members of Cabinet said. Talks will have to be earlier than the Government wanted to avoid all-out industrial unrest. Public Expenditure Minister Paschal Donohoe said his ‘plans are not yet finalised’ as to when talks for a new pay deal will commence …” (more)

[Daniel McConnell, Irish Examiner, 28 November]

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Lansdowne Road Agreement – Planned Pay Increase

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

IrelandMichael McGrath (Cork South Central, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the gross cost to the Exchequer for each month that the planned pay increase under the Lansdowne Road agreement of €1,000 in respect of those with a salary of up to €65,000 is brought forward to earlier in 2017 …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 22 November]

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Public service to return to its ‘peak’ size next year

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

Ireland“The public service will return next year to its ‘peak’ size last seen before the economic crash in 2008, Minister for Public Expenditure Paschal Donohoe told Cabinet colleagues on Tuesday …” (more)

[Pat Leahy, Irish Times, 16 November]

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Public sector pay and spending: repeating past mistakes

Posted in Governance and administration on November 3rd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“A weak government is an easy target when powerful groups come calling. Concessions already made to gardaí could yet destabilise the Lansdowne Road Agreement while, in an unexpected departure from stated policy, Minister for Public Expenditure Paschal Donohoe has raised the prospect of speeding up pay restoration for the entire public service …” (more)

[Irish Times, 3 November]

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Public sector workers may get early pay restoration

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

Ireland“Public sector workers could have their pay levels restored quicker than had been initially envisaged under the Lansdowne Road Agreement on public pay, Minister for Public Expenditure Paschal Donohoe has indicated …” (more)

[Fiach Kelly, Irish Times, 2 November]

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SIPTU calls for Public Sector Pay Commission to provide timeline to pay restoration

Posted in Governance and administration on October 13th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“SIPTU has called on the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Paschal Donohoe, to make clear that the soon to be appointed Public Sector Pay Commission must provide a clear timeline to full pay restoration for workers …” (more)

[SIPTU, 12 October]

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Pay commission will consider value of public sector pensions

Posted in Governance and administration on October 4th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The forthcoming commission on public sector pay will consider the value of public servants’ pensions as part of their remuneration, compared to those available in the private sector …” (more)

[Pat Leahy, Irish Times, 4 October]

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Paschal Donohoe: If we raised Garda wages, every other public servant would expect the same

Posted in Governance and administration on September 29th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Paschal Donohoe has said Government cannot increase Garda wages as all other public sector workers would then expect the same, writes Elaine Loughlin of the Irish Examiner. Frontline gardaí have given the Government five weeks to restore their pay or face ‘unprecedented’ strike action on four days next month …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 29 September]

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Scrapping Fempi legislation immediately ‘unaffordable’

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

Ireland“Now is not the time to jeopardise the country’s economic progress by prematurely repealing financial emergency legislation, the Minister for Public Expenditure Paschal Donohoe has said. In a letter to public service trade unions on Thursday he said immediately scrapping the legislation, which underpinned the various cuts to terms and conditions for staff across the public service over recent years, would be ‘unaffordable’ …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 7 July]

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Minister planning new pay talks with teachers

Posted in Governance and administration on July 6th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Public Expenditure Minister Paschal Donohoe is planning talks with teachers’ unions who have signed up to the Lansdowne Road Agreement. Minister Donohoe told the Dáil today that these talks with the INTO and TUI will centre on issues such as the pay of new entrants …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 6 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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