Public sector cost will soon outstrip boomtime levels

Posted in Governance and administration on May 23rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The size and cost of the public service workforce is on course to surpass the boomtime peak next year – even without new pay rises. Senior Department of Finance officials have outlined a tight budget for further wage increases that means its workers will be lucky to get a 1% pay rise next year …” (more)

[Anne-Marie Walsh, Independent, 23 May]

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Public service unions divided ahead of crucial pay talks

Posted in Governance and administration on May 22nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Talks on a new pay deal for about 300,000 State employees get under way today with the main Government party, Fine Gael, in the midst of electing a new leader and public-service unions divided on their strategic objectives. It had been envisaged that talks could run for about a fortnight …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 22 May]

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Pay talks must deliver full restoration across all salary levels, says IFUT

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

Ireland“The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has demanded full restoration of payments and allowances which were cut from university staff in recent years in the coming pay talks. IFUT General Secretary, Mike Jennings, said that not alone have university staff suffered very substantial cuts in salaries but working conditions had deteriorated drastically at the same time …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 16 May]

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Pay body is ‘ignoring reality’ in assessment of the pensions gap

Posted in Governance and administration on May 16th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Expenditure Minister Paschal Donohoe has insisted that the gaping difference between public and private sector pension provisions will be on the table at new talks, despite a report advising it stands at just 14%. The commission advising the Government on its pay policy has been accused of ignoring the ‘elephant in the room’ in its calculations – because most private sector workers have no pensions at all …” (more)

[Anne-Marie Walsh and Kevin Doyle, Independent, 16 May]

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Pay equality for teachers will have ‘significant cost’

Posted in Governance and administration on May 12th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Restoring pay equality for teachers would have ‘significant cost implications for the education and training sector’, the secretary general of the Department of Education warned at the start of the current exercise on public service pay …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly and Eilish O’Regan, Independent, 12 May]

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Public sector pay talks to focus on pension levy

Posted in Governance and administration on May 10th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Talks on a new public service pay agreement, due to begin in the coming weeks, will see the Government trade pay increases for additional pension contributions amongst thousands of middle-income public service workers. However, a key battleground in the talks is likely to centre on the income threshold above which any new higher pension contribution will apply …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 10 May]

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Queen’s University, Belfast, criticised over gender pay gap

Posted in Governance and administration on May 9th, 2017 by steve

“Queen’s University, Belfast, has been criticised for failing to close the gender pay gap among senior academics. Figures from the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) show QUB’s female professors earn almost 15% less on average than their male colleagues …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 9 May]

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Public service staff could get 6% pay rise over three years

Posted in Governance and administration on April 24th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Government is prepared to award some 300,000 public sector workers a pay rise of 6% over three years as part of a deal on their remuneration. It is also expected to seek significant reform of the pensions for State employees as part of forthcoming talks. Senior Government figures anticipate public servants receiving an annual pay rise of around 2% over three years …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 24 April]

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Latest: Threat of school closures averted as ASTI members vote against strike action

Posted in Teaching on April 20th, 2017 by steve

IrelandUpdate 5.15pm: The threat of secondary school closures next month has been averted after teachers voted against taking more strike action. ASTI delegates spent the day considering a series of one day stoppages in protest over pay levels for new entrants – but the motion was defeated …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 20 April]

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€1.6bn public sector pay deal demands to wipe out tax cuts

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

Ireland“Unions will seek pay rises worth in the region of €1.6bn at the upcoming talks on a new public sector pay deal. The scale of the figure put forward by general secretary of the PSEU Tom Geraghty will alarm the Government as it battles to keep a lid on soaring pay demands …” (more)

[Anne-Marie Walsh and Ralph Riegel, Independent, 20 April]

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TUI backs ballot on strike action if pay ‘gulf’ not resolved

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

Ireland“The Government faces the threat of industrial action by Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) members over four separate education rows. Education Minister Richard Bruton assured more than 300 TUI delegates at its Cork conference that ‘significant progress’ had already been made on restoring pay and allowances, with more in prospect …” (more)

[Ralph Riegel, Independent, 20 April]

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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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Davy report on public sector pay

Posted in Governance and administration on April 1st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Sir,– Ciarán Hancock (March 27th) does your readers a great service by acknowledging that the much-publicised report on public sector pay by Davy stockbrokers, which found that public staff earn 40% above those in the private sector, was at odds with a recent paper by the CSO which found that public sector workers are paid slightly less than their private sector counterparts overall! …” (more)

[Bernadine O Sullivan, Irish Times, 1 April]

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Report says public staff earn 40% above those in private sector

Posted in Governance and administration on March 27th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Public sector workers in Ireland earn 40% more on average than their counterparts in the private sector, and that is before any allowance for their pension entitlements and job security is made, new research has found …” (more)

[Ciarán Hancock, Irish Times, 27 March]

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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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CIT Student Services staff suspend tomorrow’s work stoppage to ballot on pay offer

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

Ireland“Staff at Cork Institute of Technology’s (CIT) Student Services centre have suspended their one-day work stoppage scheduled to take place tomorrow. It follows an agreement between Siptu representatives and management to a set of proposed wage increases …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 1 March]

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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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MBA salary boost? Depends on how you measure it

Posted in Governance and administration on January 31st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Thinking of doing an MBA but worried that you will never earn back the cost? New figures from the Financial Times show that graduates of UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School (the only Irish school on the Top 100 global list), saw remuneration rise 71% within three years of doing the degree …” (more)

[Irish Times, 31 January]

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NUIG resorting to low-paid agency staff, says SIPTU

Posted in Governance and administration on January 23rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The ‘unfair and discriminatory’ employment practices at NUI Galway were highlighted at a trade union conference in Dublin last week, which focused on precarious employment in higher education. SIPTU’s seminar at Liberty Hall shone a spotlight on unsavoury work practices at NUIG, which are said to be widespread in Ireland’s universities and colleges …” (more)

[Dara Bradley, Connacht Tribune, 23 January]

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ASTI teachers may lose pay rise if proposals rejected

Posted in Governance and administration on January 23rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Thousands of secondary school teachers may lose a €1,000 pay increase due to public servants if they reject new settlement proposals. The 18,000 members of the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI) are currently voting on proposals aimed at resolving a series of disputes between the union and the Department of Education …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 23 January]

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