Trinity could attract ‘star academics’ after Brexit if pay restraints eased

Posted in Governance and administration on June 8th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Constraints on public pay should be loosened after Brexit to attract international ‘star academics’ working in important areas of national interest to Ireland, the Seanad has heard. Thomas Molloy, director of public affairs and communications at Trinity College, Dublin, said Ireland was in danger of squandering the opportunities presented by the United Kingdom’s departure from the European Union …” (more)

[Mary Minihan, Irish Times, 8 June]

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Leo Varadkar: Public sector pay deal means ‘it won’t be possible to do all we want in next budget’

Posted in Governance and administration on June 8th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The incoming Taoiseach has welcomed plans to ballot public workers on a proposed new pay deal. However, Leo Varadkar has conceded that the costs of the new deal will reduce the amount available to spend elsewhere in the Budget …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 8 June]

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Draft public service pay deal is ‘wholly inadequate’ – says TUI president

Posted in Governance and administration on June 8th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) president Joanne Irwin has described the proposed review of two tier pay scales included in the draft public service pay deal as ‘wholly inadequate’. The pay of new entrants to teaching is a particularly thorny issue because of the large numbers recruited on lower pay scales during the recession, to cater for rising school enrolments …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 8 June]

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Draft pay deal: State employees offered average pay rises of 6.6% by 2020

Posted in Governance and administration on June 8th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“About 250,000 State employees will receive pay improvements of between 6.2% and 7.4% as part of a new three-year extension of the existing Lansdowne Road agreement. It is understood the deal, if accepted, will cost the exchequer €880 million over three years …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 8 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 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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