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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Pay and the public sector

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

Ireland“Sir, – Stephen Collins’s opinions on the public sector pay issue continue to amuse. Should he decide to write a serious article on this issue, here are some facts that might help …” (more)

[Letters, Irish Times, 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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The public sector strikes are really about housing

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

Ireland“Make no mistake about it: the series of public sector strikes that we have experienced — and are about to see more of — are entirely linked to housing. The fact that middle-ranking public sector workers can’t, or at least don’t feel that they can, afford to live in this country is at the root of the latest industrial unrest …” (more)

[David McWilliams, 21 November]

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Pay and conditions in the public service

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

Ireland“A chara, – The Government can no longer bury its head in the sand. The Lansdowne Road Agreement (LRA) is dead in the water and a new agreement needs to be found.Siptu has upped the ante by initiating ballot proceedings across its 180,000-strong membership to force the hand of the Government to a new round of pay talks …” (more)

[Letters, Irish Times, 19 November]

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Can Government afford public sector wage demands?

Posted in Governance and administration on November 18th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“There are several reasons for the current climate of industrial unrest. Some blame the State’s headline rate of economic growth, which has been rebounding strongly, for creating unreasonable expectations. Others point to income inequality and a nagging grievance that the average taxpayer was left carrying the can for irresponsible elites after the crash …” (more)

[Eoin Burke-Kennedy, Irish Times, 18 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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No cash for public pay rises until 2018, warns Taoiseach

Posted in Governance and administration on November 15th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Taoiseach Enda Kenny has signalled that the Government will engage in talks with unions on a successor to the Lansdowne Road pay accord, however he appeared to warn there will be no money available next year for further rises …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 14 November]

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Analysis: Pressure mounts over public service pay

Posted in Governance and administration on November 11th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Pressure on the Government over public service pay is continuing to increase, almost by the day. An effective ultimatum has been issued by Siptu president Jack O’Connor, who said the union, which has 60,000 public service members, would authorise ballots for strike action if the Government does not agree in principle by next Thursday to enter into a new pay talks process …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 10 October]

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‘Lansdowne deal must be replaced’

Posted in Governance and administration on November 9th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Government is under increasing pressure from opposition and public sector unions to initiate talks on a pay package to replace the Lansdowne Road Agreement. It comes as the Department of Education was yesterday accused of not devising contingency plans to keep schools open during the ASTI’s industrial action, in order to bring the dispute ‘to a head’ earlier …” (more)

[Elaine Loughlin, Irish Examiner, 9 November]

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Unions warn ministers of free-for-all on pay if there is no new deal

Posted in Governance and administration on November 8th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Unions have warned the Government to open up pay talks or face a free-for-all from public sector workers. In the wake of the €50m Garda buy-off to stop an unprecedented strike, unions are now demanding a new deal to speed up pay rises …” (more)

[Anne-Marie Walsh, Independent, 8 November]

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Varadkar vows to block public sector from ‘pocketing’ all benefits of recovery

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

Ireland“Social Protection Minister Leo Varadkar has warned he will resist any attempt to cut social welfare spending in order to facilitate fresh pay demands by public sector workers …” (more)

[Niall O’Connor, Independent, 7 November]

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Government will stay within LRA – Harris

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

Ireland“The Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform is to invite public sector unions to talks next week to consider the ramifications of the Garda pay recommendation. The Labour Court recommendation is expected to cost significantly more than the €30 million originally provided in an offer rejected by the Garda Representative Association, which represents 10,500 rank and file gardaí …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 6 November]

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Trade unions demand Lansdowne Road Agreement review following garda pay deal

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

Ireland“The government is facing follow-on pay claims from a number of trade unions after a late-night deal offered to the garda associations. The Civil Public and Services Union (CPSU) and Impact have released statements this morning calling on the government to make immediate arrangements to negotiate accelerated pay recovery for all public servants …” (more)

[Independent, 4 November]

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Kenny says Lansdowne Road Agreement still stands

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

Ireland“Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform does not have an endless pot of money and that the Lansdowne Road Agreement still stands …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 4 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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Commitment to equal pay could halt ASTI action, says union

Posted in Governance and administration on October 31st, 2016 by steve

Ireland“A Government commitment to equal pay for equal work could help to resolve ongoing industrial action by teachers, trade union Unite has said. The union called on the Government to issue a statement confirming its stance on pay equality as a matter of urgency …” (more)

[Jane O’Faherty, Independent, 31 October]

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Government must not ‘wibble’ on Lansdowne Road

Posted in Governance and administration on October 31st, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The ASTI dispute throws into sharp relief a number of elements of how we disorganize our state. Lets leave aside the mad Leninist concept of equal pay for equal work, and the Trotskyite raving of equal pay for equal work. At heart the closure of schools will result from the abdication of the state over decades towards a key obligation – to educate …” (more)

[Brian M Lucey, 30 October]

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Public pay ‘restoration’ must be gradual

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

Ireland“The role of the property market in triggering the economic crisis is well understood but there were many other related problems which added to the pain of the resulting recession. The hubris of the boom period contributed to a rapid increase in labour costs across the economy, out of line with what was happening in neighbouring countries …” (more)

[John FitzGerald, Irish Times, 28 October]

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