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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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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Latest public pay hikes ‘pose a challenge’

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

Ireland“The latest public pay increases have not been budgeted for and will pose a ‘significant challenge’, politicians have been told. Department of Finance secretary general Derek Moran said there are concerns about where the extra cash to fund a promised pay increase will come from …” (more)

[Elaine Loughlin and Juno McEnroe, Irish Examiner, 20 January]

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300,000 public servants to get €1,000 pay rise

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

Ireland“Almost 300,000 public servants are set to receive a €1,000 pay rise up to five months earlier than scheduled following talks between the public service unions and the Government. The move follows talks between the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform and public service unions to address the so-called anomalies arising from November’s €50m garda pay deal …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 17 January]

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‘If you raise public sector pay and taxes, the rest of the economy loses’

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

Ireland“A senior economist has warned the Government against fully restoring its 300,000 workers’ wages to rates they enjoyed before the crash in 2008 …” (more)

[Anne-Marie Walsh, Independent, 2 January]

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Unions to resist greater contribution by public staff to pensions

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

Ireland“The plans by the Department of Public Expenditure to seek a greater contribution from public servants towards the cost of their pensions will be fiercely resisted by unions who represent the 320,000 who work in the public sector …” (more)

[Pat Leahy, Irish Times, 19 December]

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Proposal to make public servants pay more for pensions

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

Ireland“Plans to get staff in the public service to pay more towards their pensions are being examined by the Government. Informed sources said it would be likely the Government would look for a greater financial contribution from staff towards their pensions in tandem with the unwinding of the existing public service pension levy and any pay increases that came about as part of a successor to the existing Lansdowne Road agreement …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 19 December]

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Pensions and job security to quell public pay demands

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

Ireland“The value of pensions and job security enjoyed by public sector workers will be used to quell demands for pay rises at Government talks with unions. Pension values will be firmly on the negotiating table after it was revealed a garda’s retirement pot is worth from €30,000 to €40,000 a year …” (more)

[Anne-Marie Walsh, Independent, 13 December]

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Restoring public sector pay cuts remains unsustainable

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

Ireland“That public servants had to endure significant cuts in their incomes during the financial crisis is well known. The bulk of these cuts came in the form of either the pension-related deduction introduced in 2009, which reduced take-home pay by an average of 7% across the public service, or of the cuts in wages and salaries imposed from January 1st, 2010, which also averaged around 7% …” (more)

[Jim O’Leary, Irish Times, 13 December]

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Fifty CIT catering and retail staff threaten strike over pay

Posted in Governance and administration on December 1st, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Cork Institute of Technology students may face disruption next week when almost 50 catering and retail staff are due to strike over pay. The first of many planned one-day stoppages by Siptu members on Wednesday is over what their representatives say has been the refusal of management to discuss claims for a pay rise …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 1 December]

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