Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor’s €16,288 pay rise a slap in the face for struggling nurses, teachers and guards – Cullinane

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

Ireland“Sinn Féin spokesperson for Public Expenditure and Reform David Cullinane TD said today that Mary Mitchell O’Connor’s €16,288 pay rise is a slap in the face for struggling nurses, teachers and guards. Deputy Cullinane said …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 16 June]

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Unions refusing pay deal set to miss out

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

Ireland“Public sector workers who reject the new €880m Lansdowne Road pay agreement will miss out on pay increases contained in the deal, unions leaders are being warned. While the threat is not explicitly contained in the draft document, Public Expenditure Minister Paschal Donohoe and the Government are clear that only those who sign up to the deal can benefit from its terms, the Irish Examiner can reveal …” (more)

[Daniel McConnell, Irish Examiner, 12 June]

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€887m public sector pay deal won’t prevent tax cuts, says Varadkar

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

Ireland“There will still be money for tax cuts in the next Budget despite a public sector pay deal that will cost €180m next year, incoming Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said. Unions will begin balloting the country’s 250,000 public sector workers in the coming weeks on the proposals, which include regular pay increases until 2020 …” (more)

[Cormac McQuinn, Herald, 9 June]

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TUI heads say they will recommend membership reject the new public sector pay deal

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

Ireland“The Teachers’ Union of Ireland Executive has voted unanimously to reject the new proposed public sector pay deal. In a statement this evening, the TUI said that the Executive would be recommending to its members to reject the deal …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 8 June]

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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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Public sector pay report to back keeping pension levy

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

Ireland“A new pay commission is set to advise the Government to keep in place a pension levy that was imposed on public servants during the financial crisis. In its first report, the Public Service Pay Commission is expected to support the Government position that most of its 300,000 employees make a bigger contribution towards their retirement benefits …” (more)

[Anne-Marie Walsh, Independent, 27 April]

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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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